One day I had some time to myself. I wanted to explore and visit a place in my city I have not yet visited. Here is Raleigh resides the last 18th century water- powered grist mill in Wake county. This mill was established before the Revolutionary war. Yates Mill historic park is free to visit 7 days a week from 8 a.m - Sunset. Tours of inside the mill are available too during certain times. When I visited the mill was not open but that was ok because there was plenty of beauty to behold.
There is a museum at Yates Mill that shares the history of Yates Mill and how the mill works.
Yate Mill brings nature indoors and shows specimens upclose. At first it scared me when I opened the drawers but I got over it as I had always wanted to see these birds up close. I love bird watching!
With lots of history comes lots of artifacts. A lot of what is on display is items found around the mill from the past buried treasures for us to see later!
They have a kids play area with dress up items for period dress up from the Yate Mill opening era. They have toys for the little ones too. I love the cozy spot they provided with rocking chairs for adults to sit and relax as you watch the kids play.
I love the view from the large porch that looks out over the water at the mill. You can go and sit outside on the porch in the rocking chairs and relax for as long as you want. I took the time to just sit , crochet and talk to Jesus while there. I felt as if I was on a mini vacation away from the city.
The view of the old loved mill is stunning from the porch.
There is a trail going around the mill you can walk at it's 1.0 mile distance it is an easy trail to endure but so lovely & worth the stroll.
Here is the water source that powered & still does power the mill, called Millpond.
I loved peeking under the old mill. There was so much to see around the mill to take in. You must visit to see for yourself.
I absolutely love this view of the mill next to it's water source.
This trail is also a animal refuge. The view is simply stunning as you walk around the Millpond. So peaceful.
I love all the piers with free viewers you can look through and explore.
I sat on this pier and read a good book as I listened to nature.
When you finish the trail it brings you back to the back porch. I am so glad I got off my normal routine and took time to get out and explore because this retreat day was fabulous. What a diamond this park is and at the price of free it has it arms wide open to you, to warmly welcome our citizens of Wake to come home to the Mill and share. The mill was a place in the day even after it closed that families gathered around on weekend and shared meals & stories. The park has done a great job making this place cozy for people to come yet again & again to get rest from the city.
This park offers so many programs for the public. From organized groups to general public. They have events through out the year as well. Check them out!
For more information visit Yatesmill.org