Friday, May 10, 2013

Historical Visit to Yates Mill, NC


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Yates Mill is an important historic landmark to Wake County, North Carolina. It possesses  an intrinsic value for the surrounding community. It is the last operable water-powered grist mill in Wake County. This fact is compelling when it is considered that over 70 mills once existed in the area! This decline makes Yate Mill worth saving. The Yates Mills Associates Inc. did precisely  that in 1988. They headed the effort of preserving this 200 year old mill so that it can still be enjoyed today.

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The mill is fully operating and heritage tours are held each weekend from March to November. The mill’s heritage included the production of lumber, milled corn, wheat, and carded wool.

Find out more here.   http://www.yatesmill.org/about-us/

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The over flow of water from the lake.

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The reflective nature of the pond makes for a beautiful picture.

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Hidden amongst the trees is the visitor center that offers a museum to explore the history of Yates Mill. Interactive activities as well as a video make it interesting to both children and adults.

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The Canada Geese enjoying the luxurious pond.

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Home sweet home to neighboring turtles.

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For those of us who get easily lost…

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Mushrooms add texture to fallen logs.

Flowers that Deserve Recognition

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Elizabeth’s Traveling Tips: Bring binoculars to get a better view of birds and water fowl. Bring $5 if you want to tour the inside workings of the mill.

Other helpful resources

http://www.wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill/Pages/default.aspx 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yates_Mill

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