Friends of Peirce Mill

Friends of Peirce Mill The Friends of Peirce Mill ("the Friends") is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization dedicated to the restoration to operating condition of historic Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park.
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Please join us on Wednesday, May 26, at 5:00pm for "The Life and Times of Hattie Sewell." Sewell was an African American...
05/07/2021

Please join us on Wednesday, May 26, at 5:00pm for "The Life and Times of Hattie Sewell." Sewell was an African American woman who ran the teahouse at Peirce Mill 100 years ago. We've been researching her life with students from Howard University, and will be sharing what we've learned so far.

To register for this free event, organized by Rock Creek Park, Rock Creek Conservancy, and the Friends of Peirce Mill, visit: https://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/what-we-do/upcoming-events#event=41675973

Please join us on Wednesday, May 26, at 5:00pm for "The Life and Times of Hattie Sewell." Sewell was an African American woman who ran the teahouse at Peirce Mill 100 years ago. We've been researching her life with students from Howard University, and will be sharing what we've learned so far.

To register for this free event, organized by Rock Creek Park, Rock Creek Conservancy, and the Friends of Peirce Mill, visit: https://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/what-we-do/upcoming-events#event=41675973

One of our eagle-eyed volunteers spotted this great blue heron in Rock Creek earlier this week!
05/05/2021

One of our eagle-eyed volunteers spotted this great blue heron in Rock Creek earlier this week!

One of our eagle-eyed volunteers spotted this great blue heron in Rock Creek earlier this week!

Next time you're at Peirce Mill, check out the fruits of our orchardist's hard work!
05/04/2021

Next time you're at Peirce Mill, check out the fruits of our orchardist's hard work!

Next time you're at Peirce Mill, check out the fruits of our orchardist's hard work!

It's picnic weather in Rock Creek Park! This lovely spot near Peirce Mill has been popular for at least a hundred years.
04/30/2021

It's picnic weather in Rock Creek Park! This lovely spot near Peirce Mill has been popular for at least a hundred years.

It's tiny pear season at Peirce Orchard!
04/28/2021

It's tiny pear season at Peirce Orchard!

It's tiny pear season at Peirce Orchard!

On this Earth Day, we'd like to give a shout-out to our little piece of this planet, Rock Creek.In the 19th century, Roc...
04/22/2021

On this Earth Day, we'd like to give a shout-out to our little piece of this planet, Rock Creek.

In the 19th century, Rock Creek kept Peirce Mill's wheels turning. In the last year, the park has sustained so many of us. Thank you Rock Creek!

On this Earth Day, we'd like to give a shout-out to our little piece of this planet, Rock Creek.

In the 19th century, Rock Creek kept Peirce Mill's wheels turning. In the last year, the park has sustained so many of us. Thank you Rock Creek!

For National Park Week's "Wayback Wednesday," we're going waaayyyy back. An unknown artist painted this lovely view arou...
04/21/2021

For National Park Week's "Wayback Wednesday," we're going waaayyyy back. An unknown artist painted this lovely view around 1830, shortly after Peirce Mill was built.

#waybackwednesday

For National Park Week's "Wayback Wednesday," we're going waaayyyy back. An unknown artist painted this lovely view around 1830, shortly after Peirce Mill was built.

#waybackwednesday

Whether you're traveling across the country or exploring the wonderful national parks right here in DC, the new NPS app ...
04/20/2021
The NPS App - Digital (U.S. National Park Service)

Whether you're traveling across the country or exploring the wonderful national parks right here in DC, the new NPS app has all the information you need!
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/digital/nps-apps.htm

Rock Creek Park

One app, every park at your fingertips. The NPS App is the new official app for the National Park Service with tools to explore more than 400 national parks nationwide. Find interactive maps, tours of park places, on-the-ground accessibility information, and much more to plan your national park adve...

It's National Park Week Volunteer Day!  We sure miss all of our awesome volunteers, and can't wait to hang out with them...
04/18/2021

It's National Park Week Volunteer Day! We sure miss all of our awesome volunteers, and can't wait to hang out with them at the mill again!

It's National Park Week Volunteer Day! We sure miss all of our awesome volunteers, and can't wait to hang out with them at the mill again!

On DC Emancipation Day, we'd like to remember William H. Beckett, an enslaved man who managed Joshua Peirce's nursery, L...
04/16/2021

On DC Emancipation Day, we'd like to remember William H. Beckett, an enslaved man who managed Joshua Peirce's nursery, Linnaean Hill. Not far from Peirce Mill, the business sold fruit trees and other plants.

Beckett became a free man on this date in 1862. Today, Peirce Orchard grows some of the same varieties of apples that Beckett once tended at Linnaean Hill.

On DC Emancipation Day, we'd like to remember William H. Beckett, an enslaved man who managed Joshua Peirce's nursery, Linnaean Hill. Not far from Peirce Mill, the business sold fruit trees and other plants.

Beckett became a free man on this date in 1862. Today, Peirce Orchard grows some of the same varieties of apples that Beckett once tended at Linnaean Hill.

04/14/2021

In the next few weeks, the mighty herring will be finishing their annual spring migration from the Chesapeake Bay to Rock Creek. Look for their silvery shapes below the waterfall at Peirce Mill--especially on sunny afternoons!

Cars and bicycles at Peirce Mill about 100 years ago, and today!
04/13/2021

Cars and bicycles at Peirce Mill about 100 years ago, and today!

This Saturday, April 10, would have been the first milling day of 2021. Though Peirce Mill is still closed because of th...
04/09/2021
Peirce Mill first grind

This Saturday, April 10, would have been the first milling day of 2021. Though Peirce Mill is still closed because of the pandemic, we hope to get those gears turning soon! In the meantime, here's a video of the first grind several years ago:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aywqKJyKGAA

First Corn Grind of the 2017 season with Councilmember Mary Cheh throwing out the first pitch (of corn)

So happy to see hundreds of these lovely native bluebells beside Rock Creek this morning!#LoveRockCreek
04/06/2021

So happy to see hundreds of these lovely native bluebells beside Rock Creek this morning!

#LoveRockCreek

So happy to see hundreds of these lovely native bluebells beside Rock Creek this morning!

#LoveRockCreek

This giant stone cider press at Bartram's Garden in Philly was built beside the Schuykill in 1730.Human or animal power ...
03/30/2021

This giant stone cider press at Bartram's Garden in Philly was built beside the Schuykill in 1730.

Human or animal power turned a stone wheel, attached to a post at the center of the circular trough. The wheel crushed apples placed in the trough, and cider flowed down through a hole at the bottom of the press!

This giant stone cider press at Bartram's Garden in Philly was built beside the Schuykill in 1730.

Human or animal power turned a stone wheel, attached to a post at the center of the circular trough. The wheel crushed apples placed in the trough, and cider flowed down through a hole at the bottom of the press!

Early spring in the orchard--the daffodils are a few weeks ahead of the apple trees!
03/27/2021

Early spring in the orchard--the daffodils are a few weeks ahead of the apple trees!

Early spring in the orchard--the daffodils are a few weeks ahead of the apple trees!

This Women's History Month, we'd like to honor our amazing miller, Jeanne Minor, one of the only female millers in the e...
03/23/2021

This Women's History Month, we'd like to honor our amazing miller, Jeanne Minor, one of the only female millers in the entire country! Historically, women couldn't work as millers, so Jeanne had to improvise her costume, and wears a women's bodice and men's trousers. Thanks Jeanne for helping us make some history at Peirce Mill!

This Women's History Month, we'd like to honor our amazing miller, Jeanne Minor, one of the only female millers in the entire country! Historically, women couldn't work as millers, so Jeanne had to improvise her costume, and wears a women's bodice and men's trousers. Thanks Jeanne for helping us make some history at Peirce Mill!

Spring at the spring house!
03/21/2021

Spring at the spring house!

Spring at the spring house!

Back in 1940, an ivy-covered mill seemed quaint. But today we know that English ivy can damage trees, including here in ...
03/18/2021

Back in 1940, an ivy-covered mill seemed quaint. But today we know that English ivy can damage trees, including here in Rock Creek Park.

If this spring weekend finds you gardening, check out this helpful information about English ivy removal: https://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/index.php/component/content/article/280-save-trees

Rock Creek Park Rock Creek Conservancy

Back in 1940, an ivy-covered mill seemed quaint. But today we know that English ivy can damage trees, including here in Rock Creek Park.

If this spring weekend finds you gardening, check out this helpful information about English ivy removal: https://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/index.php/component/content/article/280-save-trees

Rock Creek Park Rock Creek Conservancy

If you're fortunate enough to live in DC, you can follow this advice without leaving the city. Washington has many wonde...
03/13/2021
Get Outside and Safely Visit a National Park

If you're fortunate enough to live in DC, you can follow this advice without leaving the city. Washington has many wonderful national parks to explore, including our own Rock Creek Park!

Now is the time to start looking ahead, to spring and summer excursions in the great outdoors.

Recently came across this odd little image from an old book. Mill fans will probably know what this is...
03/12/2021

Recently came across this odd little image from an old book. Mill fans will probably know what this is...

Recently came across this odd little image from an old book. Mill fans will probably know what this is...

Great day for a walk!
03/07/2021

Great day for a walk!

Great day for a walk!

A sign?
03/06/2021

A sign?

A sign?

What a field trip looks like--at least for now! Today the Friends of Peirce Mill and Rock Creek Park presented our first...
03/04/2021

What a field trip looks like--at least for now!

Today the Friends of Peirce Mill and Rock Creek Park presented our first virtual DC history program for DCPS 3rd graders.

Looking forward to many more virtual visits!

What a field trip looks like--at least for now!

Today the Friends of Peirce Mill and Rock Creek Park presented our first virtual DC history program for DCPS 3rd graders.

Looking forward to many more virtual visits!

Virtual program today at 4:00!  Friends of Peirce Mill members are invited to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon learning ho...
02/28/2021

Virtual program today at 4:00!

Friends of Peirce Mill members are invited to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon learning how DC's own Seylou Bakery makes its delicious and innovative whole-grain pastries.

It's not too late to become a Friend of Peirce Mill:
https://www.friendsofpeircemill.org/membership/

Virtual program today at 4:00!

Friends of Peirce Mill members are invited to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon learning how DC's own Seylou Bakery makes its delicious and innovative whole-grain pastries.

It's not too late to become a Friend of Peirce Mill:
https://www.friendsofpeircemill.org/membership/

02/27/2021

On the last day of Engineers Week (February 21 -27, 2021), we’d like to highlight some of the work engineers have contributed to Rock Creek Park.

When Rock Creek Park was established in 1890, a Rock Creek Park Commission was created to acquire land for the park. This group included an engineer commissioner. The engineer commissioner and the chief of engineers of the Army were subsequently designated as administrators of the park.

Administration was delegated to a Board of Control in 1894. The Board of Control, which included the DC Commissioner from the Army Corps, administered the park until 1918, with an Army Corps officer serving as de facto park superintendent (-person in charge of the park) until 1907. The Board of Control built many facilities, including bridges, roads, and bridle paths, in the park.

Rock Creek Park still benefits from the expertise of engineers, many of whom are contractors or work for the Federal Highway Administration, on projects. This work has included the reconstruction of Beach Drive, the current rehabilitation of Meridian Hill Park, and the upcoming rehabilitation of the multi-use trail in Rock Creek Park.

Next time you take a hike, bike ride, or drive in Rock Creek Park, think about the infrastructure you use that was designed and built by engineers.

Photo Caption: Boulder Bridge was built by the Board of Control in the early days of Rock Creek Park.

#rockcreekpark #EngineersWeek #engineering #winter

Spend a rainy Sunday afternoon learning how DC's own Seylou Bakery makes its innovative whole-grain pastries!  Join us t...
02/27/2021

Spend a rainy Sunday afternoon learning how DC's own Seylou Bakery makes its innovative whole-grain pastries! Join us tomorrow at 4:00pm for a virtual tour with head pastry chef Charbel Abrache.

To learn more about this virtual event for Friends of Peirce Mill members, visit https://www.friendsofpeircemill.org/event/virtual-tour-with-seylou-bakery-head-pastry-chef-charbel-abrache/

Spend a rainy Sunday afternoon learning how DC's own Seylou Bakery makes its innovative whole-grain pastries! Join us tomorrow at 4:00pm for a virtual tour with head pastry chef Charbel Abrache.

To learn more about this virtual event for Friends of Peirce Mill members, visit https://www.friendsofpeircemill.org/event/virtual-tour-with-seylou-bakery-head-pastry-chef-charbel-abrache/

This sign may be familiar, but do you know the history behind it? On Thursday, March 4, from 5:00-6:30 the Rock Creek Co...
02/26/2021

This sign may be familiar, but do you know the history behind it?

On Thursday, March 4, from 5:00-6:30 the Rock Creek Conservancy and the National Park Service are hosting a virtual discussion of race and history in Washington, DC. Join local experts to explore the history of Melvin C. Hazen as a window into the complex legacy of past leaders and an opportunity to learn about lesser-known figures in these histories.

To register: https://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/what-we-do/upcoming-events#event=41195603

Rock Creek Park
Rock Creek Conservancy

This sign may be familiar, but do you know the history behind it?

On Thursday, March 4, from 5:00-6:30 the Rock Creek Conservancy and the National Park Service are hosting a virtual discussion of race and history in Washington, DC. Join local experts to explore the history of Melvin C. Hazen as a window into the complex legacy of past leaders and an opportunity to learn about lesser-known figures in these histories.

To register: https://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/what-we-do/upcoming-events#event=41195603

Rock Creek Park
Rock Creek Conservancy

02/23/2021

Not as easy as pie...

Friends of Peirce Mill members: Join us this Sunday, February 28, at 4:00pm for a virtual program with Seylou Bakery head pastry chef Charbel Abrache.

Not a member? Not a problem: https://www.friendsofpeircemill.org/membership/

If you're of a certain age and love old mills, this may be why:The 1974 series Apple's Way featured a family (named the ...
02/22/2021

If you're of a certain age and love old mills, this may be why:

The 1974 series Apple's Way featured a family (named the Apples!) who left the big city to live in an old mill.

Do you remember Apple's Way?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=iYVn2KU5b1E

If you're of a certain age and love old mills, this may be why:

The 1974 series Apple's Way featured a family (named the Apples!) who left the big city to live in an old mill.

Do you remember Apple's Way?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=iYVn2KU5b1E

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year!
12/24/2020

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year!

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2401 Tilden Street, NW
Washington D.C., DC
20008

Closest Metro is Van Ness-UDC on the R Line

General information

Located in Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC.

Telephone

(202) 248-1505

Products

Scenic Rock Creek Park: A set of 8 note cards and envelopes based on historic post cards.

Peirce Mill: 200 Years in the Nation’s Capital by Steve Dryden

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Friends of Peirce Mill is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park. In recent years, FOPM has taken on a larger role marketing and staffing the mill with volunteers to drive traffic to this historic resource owned by the National Park Service. Our next phase of fundraising will begin shortly after we complete our facility study.

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The Abner Cloud House & Fletcher's Cove/Boat House 4930 Canal Road. Known then(1920-1940's) as the the Copperthite Boat House! Restored, lived-in and run by James Copperthite (former chief baker at the Connecticut-Copperthite Pie Baking Company of Georgetown) and his wife Josephine. Cloud was the first lock house keeper to live here and his GG Grandson worked for and later partnered and became proprietor there. James Copperthite restored the Abner Cloud house in the day. Hired Fletcher ran the boat house which is operation to this day and willed the property to Fletcher ( the great great grandson of cloud) when he passed on!
Opportunity to acquire an inexpensive and nice vernacular painting of the mill via eBay :)
Interesting interior view of the mill on what looks like a midcentury postcard - I don't think I've come across this one before:
Came across this on eBay:
Thought you guys might find this interesting:
Under the heading, "You never know what you are going to run into": A Northern Water Snake swallowing a Blue Back Herring at Peirce Mill.
We are having a Cider Tasting January 6. Members come free and others can join for $25.
Double your donations to Friends of Peirce Mill on Giving Tuesday!!! November 28th
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