Ready to get inside of Historic Yates Mill? The tour season runs from March through November. Learn about the different tours below or view the March 2023 schedule and the April 2023 schedule here.
Yates Mill is an operable grain mill established around 1756. The equipment in the mill is original, left after the Lea family ceased milling operations in the mid-1950s. A visit to this historic treasure provides an opportunity to learn about an integral aspect of rural life in the early days of settlement in Wake County.
Tour fees directly support the nonprofit Yates Mill Associates for maintenance and operations of Historic Yates Mill. For more information on how to become a member of Yates Mill Associates, please visit: www.yatesmill.org.
Yates Mill merchandise is for sale during corn grinding weekends in the Mill Yard. Yates Mill stone-ground cornmeal and postcards are available every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the park visitor center.
Public Tour Pricing
Fee: $5 for Adults; $4 for Seniors (ages 60 & over); $3 for Children (ages 7–16)*
*Children ages 6 and under are free.
Public Mill Tours
Saturdays at the Old Mill
Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour!
Join us on March 4, 11, and 18, 2023, for a half-hour mill tour at 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Limit: 20 people per half-hour tour. Tickets are available inside the park's visitor center and can also be reserved through pre-registration. For all ages.
Please note that starting in April 2023, one-hour Mill Heritage Tours will be offered on Saturdays instead of Saturday at the Mill Tours; these tours will take place through November on most Saturdays, at 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Mill Heritage and Local History Tours
Discover Historic Yates Mill – a place of business, community and exciting local history! Watch a brief video, then explore the inner workings of the mill itself. Tickets are available inside the park's visitor center. Pre-registrations are encouraged. Most appropriate for ages 7 & up.
These one-hour guided tours are offered on March 5, 12, and 19, 2023, at 2 p.m. and on occasional weekdays and holidays. Starting in April 2023, these tours will also be offered through November on most Saturdays at 1, 2, and 3 pm and on most Sundays at 2 and 3 p.m. Click on the button below for details and to register.
Step back in time with our historical interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Corn grinding tours are offered every 20 minutes beginning at 10 a.m. on certain Saturdays in March, April, May, September, October and November, and tours begin at 1 p.m. on certain Sundays in March, April, May, September, October and November. Space is limited, and reservations are encouraged. Tours are not available between noon–1 p.m., and the last tour of the day begins at 3:40 p.m. Tickets are available online and in the Mill Yard on the day of the tours. Most appropriate for ages 7 & up.
While corn-grinding tours are going on, the nonprofit group Yates Mill Associates is on site in the Mill Yard with stone-ground cornmeal and mill merchandise for sale, so please shop to support a good cause!
Half-Hour Guided Tours: Saturdays (March 25, April 15, and May 20), 10 a.m.–noon and 1–4 p.m., and Sundays (March 26, April 16, and May 21), 1–4 p.m. Limit: 10 people per tour.
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Organized Group Mill Tours
Historic Yates Mill County Park is pleased to offer guided tours to organized groups on weekdays. Tour dates are available on weekdays on a first-come, first-served basis from March through November. Reservations should be made, preferably, one month in advance. Requests for group tours are made by contacting the Group Program Coordinator, Adam Prince, at email@example.com.
For groups that may be interested in other programs in addition to a mill tour, please refer to the Group Programs and Field Trips section of our website.
Register for a Public Tour
You may register for several of Historic Yates Mill’s upcoming tours, programs or camps online.Register for a Public Tour