by Steve Dryden
The Friends of Peirce Mill (FOPM) is pleased to report receiving a $40,000 final grant from a longtime funder, the Marpat Foundation, which is shutting down after many years of serving the DC area. This grant gives us a good start in assembling the funding necessary for completing rehabilitation of the Oliver Evans automated system that moves grain and flour through the mill.
The initial 2011 restoration put the waterwheel, gears and millstones back in working condition; the final steps will enable demonstration of the grain and flour elevators, as well as the other cleaning, cooling, and sifting mechanisms that make up the Evans system. (Lee Armfield Cannon wrote about this phase of the restoration in 2016.)
The FOPM board has named Bill McLeod, the board secretary and volunteer coordinator, to be the new president.
Coming up at Peirce Mill
The mill is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The water-powered millstones grind corn on the second and fourth Saturdays from April to October, starting at 11 a.m.
Family Saturdays at Peirce Barn
The mill offers free family activities on the second and fourth Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., designed for ages three and up. Children can play games with traditional toys, and make cornhusk dolls, baskets and candles.
Other special events at Peirce Mill
July 28: Square Dance
August 4: Ice Cream Social
September 8: Children’s Day
October 13: Heritage Day
December: Solstice Celebration and Wassailing
Steve Dryden is a Friends of Peirce Mill board member and has written previously about restoring songbird habitat in Rock Creek and restoring the nature sanctuary on Wilson High School’s campus. Stay informed about Friends of Peirce Mill’s restoration efforts and activities on Facebook, Twitter and at friendsofpeircemill.org.