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Rock Creek Park, District of Columbia Historical Markers

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 17, 2017
A Garden Protecting Rock Creek Marker
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — A Garden Protecting Rock Creek
In 2011, the Friends of Peirce Mill partnered with the National Park Service to revive the plantings and install water sustainability features at this garden. These features include two rain gardens, a pervious paver area, and a "downspout . . . — Map (db m111604) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — Blagden Mill
This is the site where Blagden and Argyle mills once stood, two of the twenty-six mills that once flourished along Rock Creek. If you look close, you can still see part of the millrace and the mill road. The exact date of the construction of these . . . — Map (db m120438) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — Fort De Russy Civil War Defenses of Washington 1861-1865 —
Earthworks of Fort De Russy are visible; follow path to your right for 200 years. [drawing of fort] Fort De Russy from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers drawing. Cannon mounted at Fort De Russy helped repulse a Confederate attack on Fort . . . — Map (db m20822) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — Fort DeRussy
One of the Civil War Defenses of Washington. Constructed on the site in 1861 Fort DeRussy commanded the deep valley of Rock Creek. Its armament consisted of 11 guns and mortars including a 100-pounder Parrott Rifle. — Map (db m20823) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — Fort DeRussy Rock Creek Park National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Built in 1861 to protect the Rock Creek Valley during the Civil War, Fort DeRussy's cannon fired a total of 109 projectiles into the northern countryside as 12,000-15,000 Confederate soldiers attacked the city under the command of Confederate . . . — Map (db m116084) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — Herring Highway Rock Creek Park National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Peirce Mill Dam was completed in 1906 to create a scenic waterfall on Rock Creek. Since its construction, the dam has prevented spawning herring and other migratory and resident fish from swimming further upstream. A Denil fishway was installed in . . . — Map (db m70670) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — Herring Highway Rock Creek Park National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
A natural low area made this portion of Rock Creek a perfect place to ford the creek on foot, horseback or by carriage. Concrete paving was installed at Milkhouse Ford in the early 1900s to accommodate heavy carriages and automobiles. Unless the . . . — Map (db m116079) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — Jusserand Banc Commeratif Erige a la Memoir de Jean Jule Jusserand Ambassadeur de France
The granite bench before you commemorates the scholarship, wisdom and skilled diplomacy of Jean Jules Jusserand, French Ambassador to the United States from 1902 to 1925. The memorial's inscription, "Personal Tribute of Esteem and . . . — Map (db m125274) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — Klingle Mansion Rock Creek Park
This Pennsylvania Dutch style structure was built in 1823 by Joshua Pierce. The west side was added in 1843. It encloses ten rooms within its three stories. A utility house and potting shed flank the rear. Joshua was an avid horticulturist, and . . . — Map (db m70684) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — Klingle Valley Trail Rock Creek Park National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Klingle Valley Trail Welcome to the Klingle Valley Trail, a place for peaceful public recreation. This 0.7-mile trail is a steady, moderate incline through a small wooded stream valley leading to the rugged and picturesque Rock Creek. This . . . — Map (db m111879) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — Machine in a Stone Box Rock Creek Park National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Peirce Mill represents the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution in America. For centuries, small water-powered mills had ground grain into flour, using human labor in every step of the process. This 1829 mill, on the other hand, was a mechanized . . . — Map (db m125275) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — Orchards, Fields, Gardens, Pastures Rock Creek Park National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
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. . . . — Map (db m99415) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — Peirce Mill Rock Creek Park National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Welcome to Peirce Mill, a National Park Service site within Rock Creek Park. This land was once part of a large complex of buildings and fields, marking the historical intersection of the agricultural and industrial ages. Explore and enjoy. . . . — Map (db m114362) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — Peirce-Klingle Estate at Linnaean Hill Rock Creek Park National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
During the 19th century, the majority of the land now known as Rock Creek Park was owned by Isaac Peirce, one of Washington's most prominent land holders and mill owners. It was here that Isaac's son, Joshua Peirce, constructed his home in 1823 on . . . — Map (db m97976) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — Pierce Plantation
Pierce Plantation 1820-1840Cultivated fields and orchards spread out on the more than 1,200-acre tract above the creek. The spring house, family home, distillery, and flour mill remains as evidence of this large working estate along Rock Creek. . . . — Map (db m99396) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — Rock Creek's Mills Rock Creek Park National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
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 . . . — Map (db m80114) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — The Peirce Family Estate Rock Creek Park National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
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 . . . — Map (db m79643) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Rock Creek Park — Tupelo Tree (Nyssa Sylvatica)
This & neighboring trees were From all parts of the country Planted by Camp Fire Girls At a National Conservation Rally April 12, 1936 in memory of Dr. Luther H. Gulick First President — Map (db m65020) HM

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