1763 - Yates Grist Mill - "Miller Man" In The Window ©


by J.R. Beatty

YATES GRIST MILL - "MILLER MAN"
YATES GRIST MILL - "MILLER MAN"

An historic circa 1763 Grist Mill has been restored and preserved in operating condition in a Wake County, NC park South of Raleigh. It is the last such operating mill in NC. (Click on photos) (For more historical details, see: http://www.wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill/Pages/default.aspx)

I came to see the Mill and its empowering dammed lake on a special Mill history and operational demonstration day. Local folks dressed in 1880's attire conducted tours and answered questions about the Mill's history.

I walked around the park seeking good venues from which to photograph. Just as I set up for my best photo of the wooden Mill building and its water wheel, a "Miller Man" briefly stuck his broad-brim-hatted-head out of the window to check on the status of the water wheel. CLICK! Sometimes you are just lucky, I guess!


Yates Mill Lady Greeter
Yates Mill Lady Greeter

Then I saw a very nice lady dressed in a long, period dress, apron, and bonnet who was greeting visitors at the Mill's front porch entrance.

She was quite subject knowledgeable and answered several of my curiosity-gene-fed questions about the mill and its continuing operation.

These local folks' Plain Dress "look" reminded me of early Mennonite, Amish, and Brethren Christian settlers.


Simple Yellow Flower
Simple Yellow Flower


As I walked further, I saw a simple, yellow flower providing bright, extra color for all viewers.

To my untrained eye, it looked like a Daisy. But I sure wouldn't bet the Mill on my guess!

Our Creator God's Simple Perfection!


Yates Mill Lake and Dock
Yates Mill Lake and Dock

Another lovely photo was taken from across the dammed lake through the trees along the shore. The old Mill building and dam were reflected in the still lake.

A wooden fence crossed the dam and followed a trail. Young people were enjoying the view from the Lake Dock.

It was an idyllic, back-country, early-America scene!


Fancy Purple Flower
Fancy Purple Flower

Then a fancy, purple flower caught my attention and my camera lens' focus. I had no idea of what kind of flower it was, but I liked it, too.

After several hours, this enjoyable "photo-safari" walk-about provided me lots of visual proof of the Mill's historical significance, the Carolinians' proactive preservation efforts, and the high positive community value provided by this park.

Come see the Yates Grist Mill and its "Grinding History in Motion"!