PreK-2 Cornucopia-From the Farm to Your Fingers (60 minutes): 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 include food, natural resources; producing verses consuming; business; motion; simple machines.
1-4 Once upon a Time, Life at the Peirce Mill Plantation (60 minutes): 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 include life; food; physical surroundings; business; resources; rural verses urban; development; energy; simple machines; slavery.
3-4 Powered by Water and Gravity, the Workings of a Mill (60 minutes): Students will marvel at how all the machinery in Peirce Mill operated on water power and gravity as they take an in-depth look into this giant machine.Key concepts includes energy; simple machines; water resources; location and growth; technological changes.
5-6 Industrial Revolution Hits Home (90 minutes): 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 include technological changes; industrialization; urbanization.
• Parking for buses, vans, and cars is available near Peirce Mill.
• Bring your lunch. There are limited uncovered picnic areas nearby. There are no food facilities in the park.
• Incorporate pre- and post-trip lessons into your visit.
Getting to Peirce Mill
Peirce Mill is at 2401 Tilden St., NW, Washington, D.C., at the corner of Tilden Street and Beach Drive.
•By school bus or van:
Beach Drive is closed to bus traffic. Buses must access the mill by Tilden Street or Park Road, NW. A bus turnaround is located next to Peirce barn to drop off and pick up students.
From Connecticut Avenue: turn east onto Tilden Street. Peirce Mill is at the bottom of the hill.
From 16th Street: turn west onto Park Road which becomes Tilden Street when crossing Beach Drive. Go through the traffic light, cross the bridge. Peirce Mill is on your right.
Take the red Line to the Cleveland Park or Van Ness metro station.
From Cleveland Park: Walk north on Connecticut Avenue and hike to the right (east) down the Melvin Hazen Trail to Peirce Mill.
From Van Ness: south to Connecticut Avenue and turn left (east) on Tilden Street. Walk down the hill to Peirce Mill.
Stormy weather. Are we open?
During inclement weather, particularly snow storms and hurricanes, federal offices in the District area may be closed. To check if we are open check the OPM website. Click on "operating status" along the top bar. Also check local television and radio broadcasts for announcements.
Need to contact us?
Need to change or cancel a reservation?
Call us at 202-895-6070, Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.