Memorial Day weekend 2016 found Steve and I in Raleigh North, Carolina. We were visiting his son Nathan and Kelli Jo, his wife, who live in Raleigh. We absolutely love Raleigh as there is so much to do and see. Plus Nathan and Kelli Jo are always fun to be around. One of the things we enjoyed was visiting the historic Yates Mill, which is just 5 miles from downtown Raleigh.
Yates Mill, built around 1750, still operates. It is a water powered grist mill which sits on a pond along Steep Hill Creek which feeds the mill. The mill is used to grind wheat and corn into flour and meal. The stream provides the water to operate the mill. I love the fact that this mill is older than our country.
Yates Mill, beautifully restored, is the main attraction at the park. Other buildings in the park include a visitors center and museum that focus on the grist mill and it history. The park is in a native wildlife refuge and there is a nature trail around the mill and lake.
Steve and I left early in the morning to see the mill. I love history and this is definitely my thing. The morning was beautiful with a slight chill in the air, but warm enough to know it was going to be a hot day. Especially nice for an early morning short and easy hike. The gravel path starts at the mill, goes around the pond, across the river, and back to the mill. This is an easy 1 mile loop trail. Because it was early morning, the mill and visitor center were not open yet. Regardless, worth the stop as this is just a lovely place to be.
We really love Raleigh, North Carolina, it is a fun vibrant city. We had a wonderful time visiting his son and daughter-in-law. Visiting historic Yates Mill is just one of many fun things to see and do when you are in Raleigh. Check out the following link to help plan a trip to Raleigh! https://www.visitraleigh.com