• Peirce Mill

    Peirce Mill

    District of Columbia

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  • Access to Peirce Mill is limited

    Due to flooding access to Peirce Mill is limited to the main level. National Park Service staff will continue to be available to answer questions about the mill during normal operating hours. The lower level will be closed until cleaned.

For Teachers

Please call the Nature Center at (202) 895-6070 for program availabilty

Peirce Mill as a Classroom
Programs Geared for School Groups

Period Historic, Cultural, and Technological Programs:

Grade Level: PreK-2nd:
Mill or a Grocery Store?
From spaghetti to cookies to chicken, students will be amazed by how much of their food is dependent on milling.

Key concepts: food; business; producing verses consuming; natural resources; interdependence.

Pre and Post Site Activities

Grade Level: PreK-2nd Grade:
Cornucopia-From the Farm to Your Fingers:
Corn comes to life in this interactive program about corn milling. Students will de-shell and grind corn by hand and learn how the mill worked.

Key concepts: food, natural resources; producing verses consuming; business; motion; simple machines.

Pre and Post Site Activities

Grade Level: 1st-4th:
Once upon a Time, Life at the Peirce Mill Plantation:
Students will experience the mid 19th century as they compare and contrast life in rural Washington to the present. Older students will also read maps and track the area's urbanization and change.

Key concepts: life; food; physical surroundings; business; resources; rural verses urban; development; energy; simple machines; slavery.

Pre and Post Site Activities

Grade Level: 4th & 5th:
Powered on Water and Gravity, the Workings of a Mill
Students will marvel at how all the machinery in Peirce Mill operated on waterpower and gravity as they take an in-depth look into this giant machine.

Key concepts: energy; simple machines; water resources; location and growth; technological changes.

Pre and Post Site Activities

Grade Level: 5th & 6th:
Industrial Revolution Hits Home
In 1820, Peirce Mill was state of the art and its technology was an important part of the Industrial Revolution in America. Students will learn about the major changes that took place between 1780 and 1860 and their influences on today.

Key concepts: technological changes; industrialization; urbanization.

Pre and Post Site Activities
For reservations, call @ 202-895-6070.



Did You Know?

Peirce Mill

During his term of office, President Harry S. Truman would frequently purchase flour and meal from Peirce Mill that would later on be used in the White House.