Head miller William Robbins (above) and Donnie Evans grind corn at the historic Yates Mill in Raleigh, North Carolina. William is a woodwright by profession and was instrumental in the restoration of that historical structure as well as it's operation.
Last week I was passing through Raleigh, North Carolina and I stopped by Yates Mill on Lake Wheeler Road. Yates Mill is a fully restored, and operational circa 1756 gristmill. Located in Historic Yates Mill County Park, the mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only restored operational automatic mill in North Carolina and probably the most complete, accurate, and original example in the country. Head miller William Robbins kindly showed me around and invited me back to watch the mill operate and grind corn meal, which they do every 3rd weekend of the month, March through November. For more information, go to http://www.ncsu.edu/project/yates-mill/home.htm or http://www.wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill/default.htm.
Historic Victorian train depot, Hamlet, North Carolina. Located at the crossing of main east/west and north/south lines of the old Seaboard Coast Line Railroad, now CSX. The depot was moved and restored a few years ago and is now a museum as well as an active Amtrak station.
Still life of figs I picked just a few moments ago on our farm in Grays Chapel, North Carolina. By the time you see this they are already in the pot as my wife Dedra and daughter-in-law Christine make preserves.