RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a historical gem located in Wake County. Just a short drive from Raleigh is the last operable water-powered gristmill in the county.
Yates Mill served Wake County for over 200 years.
If you’re wondering what a gristmill is, they were used to grind corn and wheat into meal and flour.
Gristmills weren’t just important from an economic standpoint, they were also important socially. Before there were towns or crossroad-stores, gristmills were used as a gathering place.
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