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Rock Creek Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Orchards, Fields, Gardens, Pastures

Rock Creek Park

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
Orchards, Fields, Gardens, Pastures Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 18, 2016
1. Orchards, Fields, Gardens, Pastures Marker
Inscription.  Even in the mill's heyday, the Peirce family ran a diversified farm. They grew vegetables, tended bees, raised livestock for meat and dairy and cultivated fields of wheat, corn, rye, and oats. On this hillside they maintained a substantial orchard. Some of these products were consumed by the family, their tenants, and their enslaved workers. Others were sold at market.

Captions:
This detail from an 1861 map shows the mill, several other buildings, and the rows of trees on the hillside that made up the Peirce family orchard.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureHorticulture & ForestryIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 38° 56.451′ N, 77° 3.11′ W. Marker is in Rock Creek Park in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from Tilden Street Northwest west of Beach Drive Northwest, on the right when traveling west. The
Orchards, Fields, Gardens, Pastures Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 18, 2016
2. Orchards, Fields, Gardens, Pastures Marker
The Peirce Mill can be seen in the background to the left in this view to the south. The Carriage Barn can be seen to the right.
marker is near the intersection of Tilden and Shoemaker Streets, NW, along a walking trail some yards to the north of the Peirce Mill. 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. Pierce Plantation (within shouting distance of this marker); Rock Creek's Mills (within shouting distance of this marker); Machine in a Stone Box (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peirce Family Estate (within shouting distance of this marker); Herring Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); Peirce Still House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Springhouse (about 400 feet away); Peirce Mill (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rock Creek Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 6, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 6, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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