Forest Hills in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Orchards, Fields, Gardens, Pastures
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.
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.
Location. 38° 56.451′ N, 77° 3.11′ W. Marker is in Forest Hills, District of Columbia, in Washington. Touch for map. The marker is near the intersection of Tilden and Shoemaker Streets, NW, along a walking trail some yards to the north of the Peirce Mill. 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. 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); Pierce Mill The Peirce Family Estate (within shouting distance of this marker); Peirce Still House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Herring Highway (about 300 feet away); Springhouse (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forest Hills.
Categories. • African Americans • Agriculture • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce •
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 186 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 6, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.