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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Operating as usual

Saw the Abner Cloud house today on the C&O Canal
07/11/2021

Saw the Abner Cloud house today on the C&O Canal

Saw the Abner Cloud house today on the C&O Canal

When Rock Creek Park's roads were planned back in the early 20th century, this is what cars looked like. Today, NPS is s...
07/08/2021

When Rock Creek Park's roads were planned back in the early 20th century, this is what cars looked like.

Today, NPS is seeking public comment on the future of cars on Beach Drive. Follow this link to attend a virtual meeting from 6:00-7:30 tonight: https://events.time.ly/8ib56fp?event=41713649

Or comment any time before August 22 by following this link:
https://www.nps.gov/rocr/learn/news/national-park-service-invites-comments-on-future-of-beach-drive-in-rock-creek-park.htm

When Rock Creek Park's roads were planned back in the early 20th century, this is what cars looked like.

Today, NPS is seeking public comment on the future of cars on Beach Drive. Follow this link to attend a virtual meeting from 6:00-7:30 tonight: https://events.time.ly/8ib56fp?event=41713649

Or comment any time before August 22 by following this link:
https://www.nps.gov/rocr/learn/news/national-park-service-invites-comments-on-future-of-beach-drive-in-rock-creek-park.htm

Two onions in the orchard! Cover crops like these help build the soil and nourish our fruit trees. And they make Peirce ...
06/26/2021

Two onions in the orchard! Cover crops like these help build the soil and nourish our fruit trees. And they make Peirce Orchard a wondrous place to explore!

Two onions in the orchard! Cover crops like these help build the soil and nourish our fruit trees. And they make Peirce Orchard a wondrous place to explore!

06/18/2021

"But now the government is disenthralled. The long line of precedents favorable to slavery is being reversed, and the historian will record that the year 1862 saw its greatest triumph in the commencement of American emancipation. . . and now the first grand result has come in the wiping out from the nation's Capital, of the foulest blot that ever defiled the capital of a civilized people. The cry of the auctioneer, selling human blood and bones, will no longer be heard from the slave pen of the District, nor the sound of the slave's shackles be heard under the windows of the Capitol. Looking at this as the beginning of the end—looking at it as the ripple that must, as it rolls onward and onward, swell into a mighty wave of emancipation. . ."
-J. Rich, "The Buchanan County Guardian" newspaper, (Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa), April 22, 1862

Join the National Park Service (NPS) for a special commemoration of #JuneteenthDay at the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington DC. The program explores the complexities of emancipation during the conflict, especially in the nation's capital. There were 3,500 enslaved people in Washington DC when the war erupted in 1861. Within a year, all were emancipated. This seminal event occurred months prior to President Abraham Lincoln's issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation. What transpired?

Learn more at the Thenceforward and Forever Free: Emancipation in Civil War Washington program on Saturday, June 19, 2021. The special event will be led by the Civil War Defenses of Washington and the National Mall and Memorial Parks.

The program begins at 10:00 am at the African American Civil War Memorial on U-Street and Vermont Avenue NW.
Address: 1925 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

For more information, please visit the CWDW Facebook event page and park website:

https://fb.me/e/l0117iylV

https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?id=3CE02476-D0F8-5DD4-E80874E4D72EC9BC

#CivilWarWashington #Juneteenth #FreedomDay #Emancipation #FindYourPark

IMAGE:
Freedom Day in Washington DC.
Title: "Celebration of the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia by the colored people, in Washington, April 19, 1866," sketched by Frederick Dielman.
Courtesy: The Library of Congress

Visiting Peirce Mill circa 1924!
06/08/2021

Visiting Peirce Mill circa 1924!

Visiting Peirce Mill circa 1924!

In case you missed "The Life and Times of Hattie Sewell" last week, here's a link to the event recording:https://www.you...
06/01/2021
The Life and Times of Hattie Sewell

In case you missed "The Life and Times of Hattie Sewell" last week, here's a link to the event recording:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uljNQNr2MMY&t=50s

A big thank you to our partners at Rock Creek Conservancy, Rock Creek Park, and Howard University!

The Hattie Sewell Project is a partnership between Howard University, Friends of Peirce Mill, and National Park Service. The project explores the life of Hat...

Peirce Orchard: Golden wheat, golden hour
05/28/2021

Peirce Orchard: Golden wheat, golden hour

Peirce Orchard: Golden wheat, golden hour

We're sure ready for Summer in the Parks!
05/27/2021

We're sure ready for Summer in the Parks!

Next week we kick off #SummerInTheParks! Join us Thursday evenings in June at the Carter Barron for music, themed activities, food trucks, and fun. We can't wait to celebrate our community and #RecreateResponsibly together.

Find more info on events here: https://buff.ly/2T49Shj
#LoveRockCreek

Please join us this Wednesday, May 26, at 5:00pm for a virtual discussion of "The Life and Times of Hattie Sewell." Lear...
05/24/2021

Please join us this Wednesday, May 26, at 5:00pm for a virtual discussion of "The Life and Times of Hattie Sewell."

Learn more about Hattie Sewell, an African American woman who ran the teahouse at Peirce Mill. In 1921, her contract was canceled after E.S. Newman, a prominent neighbor, complained that the mill was becoming "a rendezvous for colored people, soon developing into a nuisance."

One hundred years later, the Friends of Peirce Mill are working with students from Howard University to research Hattie Sewell's life and times. This Wednesday, find out 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

Humanities DC

Please join us this Wednesday, May 26, at 5:00pm for a virtual discussion of "The Life and Times of Hattie Sewell."

Learn more about Hattie Sewell, an African American woman who ran the teahouse at Peirce Mill. In 1921, her contract was canceled after E.S. Newman, a prominent neighbor, complained that the mill was becoming "a rendezvous for colored people, soon developing into a nuisance."

One hundred years later, the Friends of Peirce Mill are working with students from Howard University to research Hattie Sewell's life and times. This Wednesday, find out 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

Humanities DC

A Cicada’s-Eye History of Peirce Mill Peirce Mill was just 5 years old when the 1834 Brood X cicadas emerged; their gran...
05/20/2021

A Cicada’s-Eye History of Peirce Mill

Peirce Mill was just 5 years old when the 1834 Brood X cicadas emerged; their grandparents surfaced a few years after the Civil War. Two generations of cicadas later, in 1902, the building was no longer a working gristmill. In 1919, Peirce Mill was a teahouse, where patrons enjoyed food, drink, and bucolic views of Rock Creek Park. The 1936 brood might have witnessed the WPA-era restoration of the waterwheel. In 1953 and 1970, cicadas could have purchased flour at Peirce Mill; in 1987, they could have also attended an opening at the Art Barn. By 2004, the mill had broken again, and the Friends of Peirce Mill were working with the National Park Service to restore the machinery.

The 2021 Brood X cicadas are just the 12th generation to visit Peirce Mill. What will they see this year?

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A Cicada’s-Eye History of Peirce Mill

Peirce Mill was just 5 years old when the 1834 Brood X cicadas emerged; their grandparents surfaced a few years after the Civil War. Two generations of cicadas later, in 1902, the building was no longer a working gristmill. In 1919, Peirce Mill was a teahouse, where patrons enjoyed food, drink, and bucolic views of Rock Creek Park. The 1936 brood might have witnessed the WPA-era restoration of the waterwheel. In 1953 and 1970, cicadas could have purchased flour at Peirce Mill; in 1987, they could have also attended an opening at the Art Barn. By 2004, the mill had broken again, and the Friends of Peirce Mill were working with the National Park Service to restore the machinery.

The 2021 Brood X cicadas are just the 12th generation to visit Peirce Mill. What will they see this year?

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Enjoyed meeting Greta and Spencer at the mill on a lovely May evening.Duck Whisperer
05/18/2021

Enjoyed meeting Greta and Spencer at the mill on a lovely May evening.

Duck Whisperer

Enjoyed meeting Greta and Spencer at the mill on a lovely May evening.

Duck Whisperer

What is the connection between Fort Huachuca in Arizona and the Peirce Mill Teahouse circa 1921? Find out on Wednesday, ...
05/18/2021

What is the connection between Fort Huachuca in Arizona and the Peirce Mill Teahouse circa 1921?

Find out on Wednesday, May 26, at 5:00, when the Friends of Peirce Mill, Rock Creek Conservancy, and Rock Creek Park present "The Life and Times of Hattie Sewell."

To register for this free virtual event, please visit:
https://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/what-we-do/upcoming-events#event=41675973

What is the connection between Fort Huachuca in Arizona and the Peirce Mill Teahouse circa 1921?

Find out on Wednesday, May 26, at 5:00, when the Friends of Peirce Mill, Rock Creek Conservancy, and Rock Creek Park present "The Life and Times of Hattie Sewell."

To register for this free virtual event, please visit:
https://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/what-we-do/upcoming-events#event=41675973

05/17/2021

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have long faced challenge and hardship in the search for the American Dream. Like so many people of color, their stories have sometimes been overlooked. In recognition of Asian American Heritage Month, we would like to highlight the story of Zenichi and Yoshiko Imamoto, who worked as “domestics” in a home that had once been the distillery on the Peirce estate.

Zenichi Imamoto was an immigrant to the U.S. in 1907 and a principal at a Japanese school in Norwalk, CA. His wife, Yoshiko Iwamasa, later came to the United States to marry Zenichi and find a better life.

After Pearl Harbor, they were both arrested and imprisoned in internment camps. The FBI believed they were a threat since they were both teachers. They were forced to leave their children behind and were sent to the Jerome War Relocation Center in Arkansas. They were released at the end of the war from the Rohwer Japanese American Relocation Center in McGehee, Arkansas.

After WWII, Yoshiko and Zenichi came to Washington, DC and worked in a home that had once been part of the Peirce estate near Rock Creek Park.

These two individuals, persevered through immense challenges, including forced removal from their homes, and continued to contribute to society in new and different ways.

Here at Rock Creek Park, we honor the sacrifices and contributions of AAPI individuals like the Imamotos and recognize the power of their perseverance.

#AANHPIHM #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth #MyAAPIDC #BiographersDay

WWII Japanese American Internment Museum
AAPI in DC: Here in Plain Sight

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

Humanities DC

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

Humanities DC

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!

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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

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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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