History, Culture, and Technology

Miller Jeanne shows kids how the bolter separates different sizes of grain
Miller Jeanne explaining how the bolter separates ground wheat by size

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Get your hands on history!

Students can learn about history through interactive programs at Peirce Mill--the last operational mill on Rock Creek. Students learn about the foods they eat, life in rural 1800s Washington, D.C., how water is used to increase production, and the role mills played in the Industrial Revolution. Students also can learn about how children lived in the 1800s and how life has changed over time.

Need to make a reservation?

Programs are free and must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance. Call 202-895-6070 from Wednesday through Sunday, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to reach a staff person to make your reservation, While most Rock Creek Park school programs are available year-round from Wednesdays through Fridays, Peirce Mill education programs are available from April through October only.

 

Curriculum-based Programs

Grades K-2 - Cornucopia--From Farm to Table (60 minutes): Corn is transformed during this interactive program about milling. Students will grind corn by hand and learn how the mill works. Key concepts include food, natural resources, production vs. consumption, business, motion, and simple machines.

Grades 1-4 - Once Upon a Time at Peirce Mill Estate (60 minutes): Students will compare and contrast life in mid-1800s rural Washington with present-day D.C. Older students will read maps and track urbanization and other changes to the area. Key concepts include life, food, physical surroundings, business, resources, rural vs. urban, development, energy, simple machines, and slavery.

Grades 3-4 - Powered by Water and Gravity: The Workings of a Mill (60 minutes): Students will see how the machinery in Peirce Mill operates on water, power, and gravity. Students will take an in-depth look into the workings of this giant machine. Key concepts include energy, simple machines, water resources, location and growth, and technological changes.

Grades 3-4 - Milestones to Millstones (90 minutes): In 1820, Peirce Mill's state-of-the-art technology was an important part of America's Industrial Revolution. Students will learn about technological changes that took place between 1780 and 1860 and their influences on life today. Key concepts include simple machines, mechanical engineering, mechanical advantage, and mass production.

Grades 5-6 - Industrial Revolution Hits Home (90 minutes): In 1820, Peirce Mill's state-of-the-art technology was an important part of America's Industrial Revolution. Students will learn about technological changes that took place between 1780 - 1860 and their influences on life today. Key concepts include technological changes, industrialization, and urbanization.


Travel tips

• Parking for buses, vans, and cars is available near Peirce Mill.

• Bring your lunch and beverages. 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, and cross the bridge. Peirce Mill is on your right.

By Metro:

Take the red Line to the Cleveland Park or Van Ness metro stations.

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: Walk south to Connecticut Avenue, and turn left (east) on Tilden Street. Walk down the hill to Peirce Mill.

What if there is stormy weather?

Peirce Mill is only open for education programs from April - October.

During inclement weather, particularly snow storms and hurricanes, federal offices in the District area may be closed. To check if we are open go to the OPM website. Click on "operating status" along the top bar. Or, check local television and radio broadcasts for announcements about whether or not the federal government is open.

Need to contact us?

Call 202-895-6070--Wednesdays through Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Last updated: August 9, 2018

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Mailing Address:

5200 Glover Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20015

Phone:

(202) 895-6000
Rock Creek Park administrative offices can be reached at 202-895-6000. For general information call 202-895-6070 Wednesday - Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dial 0.

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