Tour Yates Mill

Please note that the tours have been postponed indefinitely in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The park remains open, though visitors are urged to maintain proper distances.

Yates Mill Tours and Events

Escape the daily grind by taking a tour inside Yates Mill!

All tours carry the same fees; proceeds from mill tours and the sale of merchandise and cornmeal help Yates Mill Associates pay for ongoing maintenance, repairs and restoration at Yates Mill. Yates Mill Associates is able to carry out this work thanks to your generous gifts and purchases. Thank you!


$5 for Adults
$4 for Seniors (ages 60 & over)
$3 for Children aged 7–16
Children aged 6 and under visit for free

Tours are conducted outside and in the non-air conditioned mill, so we may have to cancel due to excessive heat, storms or other extreme weather. Please call the park (919-856-6675) to make sure tours are going ahead as scheduled.


Third weekend of each month, Saturdays, 10 a.m.–noon and Saturday & Sunday, 1–4 p.m.

Tours begin approximately every 20 minutes. Last tour begins at 3:40 p.m.
Tickets are sold in the mill yard; tour begins at the mill’s main door.

Step back in time with our 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones grind corn into meal during this half-hour tour into the main mill building. Cornmeal, T-shirts, tote bags, mugs, jewelry, hats and other gifts are available for purchase. All profits go to mill repair and maintenance.


Every Saturday through from March through November, except on corn-grinding weekends.
Multiple tours beginning every half hour (1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m.).
Tickets are sold at the park center’s main desk; tours start at the mill.

Take a break from your busy Saturday for a peek inside historic Yates Mill. You’ll see the milling machinery and shed while your guide gives highlights of Yates Mill’s history and preservation.


Every Sunday from March through November, except on corn-grinding weekends.
A single, hour-long tour beginning at 2 p.m.
Tickets are sold at the park center’s main desk; tours begin in the park center’s auditorium.

Discover Historic Yates Mill – a place of business, community and exciting local history! Explore the inner workings of the mill and witness the power of water as it turns the milling machinery.


Schools, clubs and other groups may book group tours on weekdays. Call 919-856-6675 for more information.


In addition to corn grinding and mill tours, Historic Yates Mill County Park offers numerous educational and recreational programs, nature explorations, summer camps, and special events for all ages. Visit the Wake County web site for details.