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Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC
Peirce Mill re-opened as an educational historic site in October, 2011. The $3 million restoration campaign was led by the Friends of Peirce Mill, the non-profit partner of the National Park Service.

Barrel Hoist Restoration Completed!

The restoration of the water-powered hoisting mechanism (it moved barrels and sacks of flour between floors during the mill's commercial operation) is complete, and the first demonstrations will take place this spring. Most of the mechanismís action takes place in the attic, where an intricate combination of gears, belts, wheels, and shafts move together to lift or lower flour containers suspended by a rope. We're thrilled to activate another part of the mill's amazing array of animated machinery.

Mill Open and Grinding

The mill's summer hours began April 1. The building is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grinding of corn on the water-power millstone takes place on the second and fourth Saturdays through October (the first demonstrations of 2016 are on April 9 and 23).

Restoration specialist Doug Claytor (of Big Pool, Md.) demonstrates one of his other skills at the Heritage Day festivities October 10. He slow-cooked two pork loins over an open fire while preparing apple pies in a Dutch oven.

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Last Updated Oct. 2008