Forest Hills 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 wheel closely resembles the original water wheel used to power the mill. The momentum of the creek’s flow and the weight of the water-filled buckets generated the mill’s power.
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.
Location. 38° 56.44′ N, 77° 3.098′ W. Marker is in Forest Hills, District of Columbia, in Washington. Touch for map. The marker is some 200 feet north of the Peirce Mill on the Western Ridge Trail. The marker is near the intersection of Tilden and Shoemaker Streets, NW. 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. Orchards, Fields, Gardens, Pastures (within shouting distance of this marker); Machine in a Stone Box (within Pierce Mill (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Rock Creek's Mills (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 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forest Hills.
Categories. • Environment • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 6, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.