Love Yates Mill? Help show it off!

Volunteers enjoy the party

Tourguide, mill operator, YMA officer and all-around helper Gary Coates and his wife, Jewell, enjoy the celebration

We were pleased to be invited this weekend to a celebration of the wonderful volunteers who help make Historic Yates Mill County Park one of Wake County’s most popular attractions.

Each year, our friends on the park staff put on a barbecue with music to thank the people who guide tours, wear historic costume on corn-grinding weekends, greet visitors at the Finley Center’s main desk, and take on many other tasks that make Yates Mill such a great place to visit. We’re grateful in turn to the park staff for all they do to organize tours, educational programs and special events.

It’s a big job and they can’t do it without help from friends and neighbors. Can you help?

Arlene and Steve Lord

Arlene and Steve Lord moved here from New Jersey after retiring. They quickly became essential to Yates Mill's volunteer corps. So can you!

It takes just a few hours a month, and it’s so much fun. You can meet new people, share your love of history with your neighbors, dress in period costume, teach our next generation of history lovers, and help us think up new ways to celebrate and share our unique treasure, Yates Mill.

Have a look at the photos from the volunteer celebration on Historic Yates Mill County Park’s Facebook page. You’ll see a lot of familiar faces, people who have put in many hours over many years at the park and in helping Yates Mill Associates in its mission to keep the historic building standing and open to the public. We’d love to see your face in next year’s photos!

If you’re interested in volunteering at Historic Yates Mill County Park, please call the park staff at 919-856-5378. You don’t have to commit to anything right away; just ask, and you’ll be surprised to hear about the range of easy jobs you can perform that will make such a difference to our work. If you do volunteer, you’ll get plenty of training, a volunteer’s T-shirt — and delicious barbecue at our annual celebration!

Kudzu Ramblers

The Kudzu Ramblers volunteer, too, to entertain Yates Mill's interpreters, desk greeters, mill operators and other volunteers.

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