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Demonstrations and tours at Peirce Mill
September 12, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
An event every 2 weeks that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2015
Peirce Mill demonstrates the mills and offers tours and lectures on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month through October.
September 12th, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
History Tour: Feeding a Growing City
After the American Revolution Washington County (where Peirce Mill was located) became part of an expanding grain growing region needed to support Washington City. When Isaac Peirce expanded his property along Rock Creek (Peirce gristmill opened in 1828) he became part of the transition from agrarian to industrial American. On this tour you will learn the importance of the Peirce family and inventor Oliver Evans in feeding a growing city.
September 26th, 11 a.m. and noon
Family Tour: Gravity, Gears and Grain
How does water move the grinding stones? Why was the mill built with 4 floors? During this hands-on tour you will learn why Peirce Mill is located near Rock Creek. You will experience the difference between grinding corn by hand using a mortar and pestle and the use of large grinding stones. You’ll watch as gravity and gears move the waterwheel and the grinding stone to turn corn into cornmeal.