Pierce Mill

Rock Creek Park, NW corner of Tilden St. and Beach Dr., NW, Washington, District of Columbia


Historic American Buildings Survey Albert S. Burns, Photographer C. 1934, 1935 COPY OF PRINT LOANED BY MR. POLLEN JEWETT, NYACK, N.Y. TAKEN ABOUT 1900 VIEW ACROSS ROCK CREEK

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey



Pierce Mill was erected in 1829 on the West Bank of Rock Creek by millwright and farmer, Isaac Pierce, and stonemason, Abner Pierce. The milling industry along rock creek was beginning to expand at this time. Today, Pierce Mill is located near the intersection of Tilden and park roads in Rock Creek Park. It is the only extant grist mill I Washington, D.C., as well as an outstanding example of vernacular stone construction... -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 24, 1969
Reference number
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Manufacturing facility; Business
Current functions
Museum; Park
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1825-1849
Significant years
1820; 1829

Update Log 

  • May 11, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER