• 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.

History & Culture

1944 interior
Historic Peirce Mill.
 

The most successful water-powered gristmill along Rock Creek, Peirce Mill ran commercially from the 1820s until 1897. Restored in the 1930s, 1970s, and the first decade of the 21st Century, the mill today serves as an educational site connecting visitors to Rock Creek Park's rich heritage. For more information on the history of Peirce Mill, click on a link below.

Rock Creek Park's Historic Peirce Mill Recalled to Life, by John DeFerrari.

Peirce Mill Cultural Landscape Report, Volume One, by the National Park Service.

Peirce Mill: A Flourishing Industrial Complex, by the Friends of Peirce Mill.

Did You Know?

Pierce Millstone

Two circular stones are used in the milling process and are referred to as a run or a stand. The bottom stone, known as the bedstone, does not move. The top stone, known as the runner stone, can spin in upwards of 120 times per minute.