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Forest Hills in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Peirce Family Estate

 
 
The Peirce Family Estate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
1. The Peirce Family Estate Marker
Inscription. The stone mill was an important part of the Peirce family's business. Like most farms of the 1800s, this was also a diversified and constantly evolving operation. The family managed hundreds of acres devoted to fields, pastures, and orchards. A sawmill, a nursery, barns, and bee hives dotted the landscape. The Peirce estate also contained housing for the large family, enslaved people, and tenants who made the business a success.
 
Location. 38° 56.424′ N, 77° 3.136′ W. Marker is in Forest Hills, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Tilden Street when traveling north. Touch for map. At Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20008, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peirce Still House (within shouting distance of this marker); Pierce Mill (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Machine in a Stone Box (within shouting distance of this marker); Orchards, Fields, Gardens, Pastures (within shouting distance of this marker); Pierce Plantation (within shouting distance of this marker); Herring Highway
Spring House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
2. Spring House
Spring water flowing through the basement of this building kept produce and dairy products cold.
Close-up of image on marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Springhouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rock Creek's Mills (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forest Hills.
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & Commerce
 
The Peirce Family Estate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
3. The Peirce Family Estate Marker
The Stone Mill in the Background
The Peirce Family Estate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
4. The Peirce Family Estate Marker
In front of the Carriage Barn
The Peirce Family Estate Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 18, 2016
5. The Peirce Family Estate Marker
The Mill image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
6. The Mill
A significant part of the Peirce family's agricultural operations, the mill turned grain into flour and meal.
Close-up of image on marker
Carriage Barn image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
7. Carriage Barn
One of several barns on the property.
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Distillery/Barn image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
8. Distillery/Barn
(Currently a private residence. Not open to the public.) The Peirce family made fruit brandies and hard apple cider. This building also served as a barn.
Close-up of image on marker
Creek Crossing image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
9. Creek Crossing
This low-water ford, later replaced by a bridge, provided farmers access to the mill and markets.
Close-up of image on marker
Pierce Family Home image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
10. Pierce Family Home
The rustic cabin was replaced by a colonial revival mansion, “Cloverdale”, in 1810.
Peirce Mill image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
11. Peirce Mill
The Carriage Barn image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
12. The Carriage Barn
The Springhouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
13. The Springhouse
The Distillery / Barn image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
14. The Distillery / Barn
Cloverdale image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
15. Cloverdale
Cloverdale at 2600 and 2608 Tilden Street is now the Education Office of the Chinese Embassy.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 14, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5. submitted on September 19, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on December 14, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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