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“A visit back into the 1700's” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Historic Yates Mill County Park

Historic Yates Mill County Park
Ranked #10 of 144 things to do in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Yates Mill is the last operating, water-powered gristmill in NC's capital county. The 18th century mill was restored, and the 174-acre park developed, through a partnership among the County of Wake, Yates Mill Associates, and NC State University. The park is open 361 days per year, from 8 am to sunset. The visitor center with its 2,200 square feet of exhibit space is open 8:30 am to 5 pm. The historic mill is open for guided tours Mar-Nov each year for public tours on weekends (fee: $3-5) and also by appointment on weekdays for organized groups.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Raleigh, North Carolina
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A visit back into the 1700's”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Loved the simplicity of the park, quaint mill and waterfall, nice walking trails surrounding the entire park

Visited November 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Beautiful and Engaging”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

It's a beautiful historic place with lots of opportunities for scenic photos. There's a trail that goes around the pond. The mill is only open for tours during special events, but the education center is open daily and has a small, but interesting collection that tells the story of the mill, its owners and the reconstruction efforts. There are a lot of hands-on activities to keep even the small kids entertained. The park is also a wonderful place for picnics.

Visited November 2012
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Goldsboro, NC
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great for teaching your children local history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

The picture taking opportunities are the best. There are people on hand in traditional costumes to help answer questions about the mill. It is beautiful and relaxing with a nice walk around the place. You would think you are in the country away far from the rush of the city. Plenty of parking.

Visited August 2012
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Swansboro, North Carolina
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132 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great picnic site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

Wonderful picnic sites surround the Mill pond. Easy hiking trails and neat historic exhibits. Visitor center is nearby with facilities and displays.

Visited May 2012
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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Grand Site with Mill, Lake, and Park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

This Historic setting and natural park enviroment makes it a place you want to be. Wake County has done a great job with this site and it is well worth visiting at any time of the year. Walking trails and the lake make it a most relaxing venue.

Visited August 2012
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