This 574-acre park is located in Wake County and is home to the last operable water powered gristmill in the county. The centerpiece of the park is Yates Mill. A fully restored, circa 1756 gristmill. On the National Register of Historic Places, the mill is the only restored operational automatic mill in North Carolina and one of only a few in the entire country.
The Mill and the property surrounding it were purchased in 1963 by NC State University. The University owns the property, Wake County operates and manages the park and the 20-acre mill pond and the Yates Mill Associates operates and maintains the gristmill. Opening in 2006 the park hosts about 100,000 visitors a year. The facilities include this great visitor’s center and museum.
The center/museum focuses on milling and the area’s natural history.
There are classrooms, an auditorium along with research space for NC State’s faculty and students and this porch area to sit and enjoy the views this beautiful park has to offer.
We spent some time on the porch enjoying the view before we set off for the short walk down to the mill.
Look at these wonderful mill artifacts scattered along the path. Love the wheels!
Definitely a photographer’s dream, there are picture perfect opportunities at every turn.
The park is open seven days a week except for major holidays from 8 a.m. to sunset. No pets allowed (except for certified assistance animals) since this is a native wildlife refuge. Admission to the park and the visitor’s center/museum is free. Click here for directions to this awe inspiring facility. I cannot wait to make a return visit and I cannot believe it took me so long to make my first one!