::Yates Mill To Host Picnic On Saturday
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff And Wire Reports
Friday, May 15, 2007
RALEIGH - The city of Raleigh says that in celebration of the Historic Yates Mill County Park's one-year anniversary, the park is hosting a community picnic this Saturday, May 19th from 10am to 4pm. The mill was first established in 1756.
The public is invited to the big event as the beautiful and expansive park celebrates its successful first year, and will soon welcome its 100,000th visitor.
Despite some flood damage last year during the Raleigh heavy rains, the old mill has been restored to working order and is back to normal.
The free activities and programs for the big Saturday community picnic include:
--Old-time toys and games including hoop-and-stick and sack races
--Live old-time music from 11am to 2pm
And of course, no celebration would be complete without a visit from the NC State University dairy cow.
The city says that the BBQ Lodge will have food and drinks for sale from 11am to 2pm, and some samples of NC State ice cream will be available for free starting at 12:30pm.
NC State University has research farms just up the road from the mill park.
The Visitor Center will be open from 9am to 5pm with natural and cultural history exhibits including artifacts from the operation of the mill over the last century.
The city says that the historic Yates Mill will be open for half-hour corn-grinding tours, starting at 10am, with the last tour of the day beginning at 3:40pm.
During the tour, visitors will see the mill in operation, learn how it works, and hear about some of its history from 19th century costumed volunteer interpreters.
Tickets for the corn-grinding tour are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors 60 and over, $3 for youth 16 and under, and children 6 and under are free.
The city says the tour proceeds directly benefit the mill's maintenance and operation which is an on-going operation.
Stone-ground cornmeal and other Yates Mill merchandise will be for sale through the Yates Mill Associates, the non-profit group responsible for restoring and maintaining the mill.
The beautiful Historic Yates Mill County Park is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, five miles south of downtown Raleigh. Lake Wheeler Road can be accessed via the Lake Wheeler Road exit on I-440 (I-40 East) south of Raleigh.
For more information about the community picnic or other park programs, visit their
website or call the Historic Yates Mill Visitor Center at 919-856-6675. ::