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

Rock Creek's Mills

 
 
Rock Creek's Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
1. Rock Creek's Mills Marker
Inscription. At one time, Rock Creek hosted a large number of flour mills, saw mills, and other industries. The force of the creek's waters, dropping more than 160 feet over 33 miles, gave the mills their power. The region's farms provided abundant raw materials. Wagon path allowed farmers to transport their grain to the mills and their flour to market. The nearby port of Georgetown offered access to more distant customers. It was a near-perfect combination.
 
Location. 38° 56.471′ N, 77° 3.094′ W. Marker is in Forest Hills, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Tilden Street NW. Touch for map. In Rock Creek Park about 300 feet north of Peirce Mill. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20015, United States of America.
 
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); Pierce Plantation (within shouting distance of this marker); Machine in a Stone Box (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pierce Mill (was about 300 feet away but has been reported missing. ); The Peirce Family Estate (about 300 feet away); Peirce Still House
Rock Creek's Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
2. Rock Creek's Mills Marker
(about 400 feet away); Herring Highway (about 400 feet away); Springhouse (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forest Hills.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Rock Creek's Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 18, 2016
3. Rock Creek's Mills Marker
This view is towards the south and the Peirce Mill along Rock Creek.
Blagden/Argyle Mill image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
4. Blagden/Argyle Mill
Flour and fertilizer mill. Remnants evident one-half mile upstream.
Close-up of photo on marker
Peirce Mill image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
5. Peirce Mill
The last remaining four mill on Rock Creek, it replaced an earlier mill on the site.
Close-up of photo on marker
Columbian (Adams) Mill<br>(ca. 1800-1867) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
6. Columbian (Adams) Mill
(ca. 1800-1867)
A wheat mill bought by President John Adams.
Close-up of photo on marker
Lyons Mill<br>(1780-1875) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
7. Lyons Mill
(1780-1875)
The earliest mill built along rock Creek.
Close-up of photo on marker
Parrot Mill<br>(early 1880s) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 7, 2014
8. Parrot Mill
(early 1880s)
Turned cotton and wool into thread.
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 4, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3. submitted on September 19, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 4, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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