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Step back in time for the Heritage Day festival at historic Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park.

Master Weaver Chapuchi Bobbo Ahiagble from Ghana will demonstrate West African Kente strip cloth weaving. Chapuchi grew up among the Ewe weavers near the town of Agbozume, the largest market for Ewe Kente cloth in the world. There will also be a quilting demonstration by the Needlechasers of Chevy Chase that will include “make and take” quilting for children. A blacksmith, carpenter, bluegrass music, cider press, and corn sheller will round out the demonstrations for Heritage Day. And we’ll have hands-on children’s crafts.  A food truck will provide lunch options for hungry millers.

The waterwheel will be turning from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to showcase the magic of the giant wooden machine, designed by Oliver Evans. Built in 1820-1829 by Isaac Peirce as part of his large estate, the gristmill brings to life the agricultural history of Washington County. Free!


Photo Credit: William Mills