- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 8, 2001


Peirce Mill is on Tilden Street near Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park, about a mile north of the National Zoo.


The mill is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, but the hours may expand as summer approaches. Call the mill or Rock Creek Park for updates.


The mill's phone number is 202/426-6908. For group tour reservations, call 202/426-6828. Mill information also is available online at Rock Creek Park's Web site (www.nps.gov/rocr/home.htm). The Friends of Peirce Mill, a nonprofit group helping to raise funds to repair the site, also has a Web site (www.peircemill-friends.org).


Parking and admission are both free.

Upcoming events:


• 10 a.m. "May Flowers": Join a park ranger for a walk in search of wildflowers.

• Noon "A Mill or a Grocery Store?" Children ages 5 to 8 can learn about how mill life contributed to much of the food of the day, from spaghetti to cookies to chicken.

• 2 p.m. "Stream Ecology": Explore life within Rock Creek and learn how fragile its ecosystem is. Boots are recommended.


• 10 a.m. Stream Cleanup: Join park rangers for a stream cleanup. Equipment is provided.

• Noon "Peirce Mill: History Frozen in Time": Tour the mill and discover how the mill´s technology represents a period of American history.

• 2 p.m. "Oliver Evans and Peirce Mill": Learn about the man who built the first fully automated factory and how his inventions affected the construction of Peirce Mill.

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