Rock Creek Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In 1794, Isaac Pierce, an enterprising millwright, acquired a large tract of land surrounding his mill site. Within two decades he established a diversified plantation, adding a saw mill, a distillery, and a new and larger flour mill to his farming activities. A working household of 26 persons was required to maintain this successful operation.
A log dam was constructed above Pierce Mill to provide a reliable source of power for the mills.
Wooden Wheel and Flowing Stream
The illustrated breast
Periodically, destructive torrents of high creek water would wash away the timber crib dams, and milling operations would be interrupted until the dams were reconstructed.
An extensive system of marked trails crisscrosses the park, including hiking, bridle trails, and a physical fitness exercise course. There are picnic sites and recreational fields for many sports. You may wish to read the posted calendar of seasonal activities and regulations governing park use.
Park Rangers and U.S. Park Police are on duty to answer questions and help you to enjoy your visit.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Environment • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 38° 56.44′ N, 77° 3.098′ W. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2401 Tilden Street Northwest, Washington DC 20008, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Orchards, Fields, Gardens, Pastures (within shouting distance of this marker); Machine in a Stone Box (within shouting distance of this marker); Herring Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); Rock Creek's Mills (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peirce Family Estate (within shouting distance of this marker); Peirce Still House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Springhouse (about 500 feet away); Peirce Mill (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rock Creek Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 6, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 403 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 6, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.