Peirce Mill: Two Hundred Years in the Nation’s Capital

Local preservationist Steve Dryden offers a comprehensive history of one of the few remaining symbols of Washington, D.C.’s agrarian past and a reminder that Washington is a hometown with a rich history beyond the monuments on the Mall. Available from Politics and Prose bookstore, Amazon.com and the Nature Center in Rock Creek Park.

Peirce Mill Restoration FHC e-magazine

Journalist Lee Cannon writes about the barrel hoist restoration project completed in April 2016. “…there were times when the miller needed to move grain or meal without sending it through the entire system. Thus the need for a device to move heavy loads up and down the mill, a role filled before by strong men or, at best, a pulley system. Enter, the barrel hoist.” Read More…

Rock Creek Park A to Z

Page by page, letter by letter, this book uncovers the history and natural beauty of this National Park located in the heart of the Nation’s Capital.

Check out P is for Peirce for a detailed and interesting history of the Peirce family, Peirce Mill and the evolution of agrarian Washington County to industrial Rock Creek valley.

Available at the Rock Creek Nature Center and Politics & Prose Bookstore.

Milling Organizations

Preservation Groups

Other Area Mills

  • Colvin Run Mill
    A reconstructed 1810 mill in Fairfax County, Virginia
  • George Washington’s Grist Mill
    A reconstruction of Washington’s 1770s mill near his Mount Vernon home
  • Gambrill’s Mill
    An 1830 mill at Monocacy National Battlefield near Frederick, Maryland
  • Wye Mill
    A 1671 mill on Maryland’s Eastern Shore
  • Aldie Mill
    This 1807 brick merchant mill is located near Middleburg, Virginia
  • Union Mills
    Located in Union Mills, Maryland, about 17 miles south of Gettysburg, Pa. The Union Mills Homestead is now a museum of American culture.

General Information on Milling