Sunday, July 9, 2017

Peirce Mill at Rock Creek Park

Peirce Mill is a water powered gristmill built in 1829 in the middle of what is now Rock Creek Park.  It operated continuously until 1897 when the wooden turbine shaft broke.

Several years ago, they completed the restoration and now operate it briefly on Saturdays at 11:00am.  We were fortunate enough to be there while they started it up.  What amazing engineering!



Well greased wooden gears and belts powered the machinery across all three floors of the mill.





There were several knowledgeable and friendly volunteers to help you learn about the history and engineering of the mill.







The creek looked so refreshing.  It was nice to sit by it for a few minutes.





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