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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.

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.

Mill Open Weekends This Winter

Enjoy a tour in an uncrowded mill while you warm up a bit. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Grinding demonstrations will resume in the spring.

Barrel Hoist Restoration Begins

The restoration of the water-powered hoisting mechanism (it moved barrels and sacks of flour between floors during the mill's commercial operation) has begun with the installation of a trap door on the first floor. It continues with the removal this winter of a large corn sifting apparatus (aka the "bolter") to make room for the repaired rope hoisting system. We're excited to be working on a project that will activate another part of the mill's amazing array of animated machinery.

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Last Updated Oct. 2008