The mill wheels will turn again, symbolically at least, at a special celebration of Yates Mill, Sunday, Sept. 17, at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
While restoration efforts continue on the mill, which will be part of a Wake County park in the future, the Yates Mill Associates will hold their second annual celebration, “Wheels Are Turning II.”
It is hoped that the wheels at Yates Mill, believed to be Wake County’s oldest gristmill, will turn again soon. Restoration of the water wheel is under way. The mill pond dam, which was swept away in 1996 by Hurricane Fran, has been replaced.
Plans for developing a county park on the site received a boost recently when Wake County commissioners and Raleigh city council members voted to spend $1 million of restaurant/hotel tax revenue on an interim park at the site.
“Wheels Are Turning II” will begin at 2 p.m., and includes demonstrations, history and animal exhibits, a general store and live entertainment. Dinner, included in admission, will be served on the grounds of the fairgrounds’ chapel.
For more information about the event, contact Rebecca Cope at (919) 856-6675.