Peirce Mill

Planning Your Visit

Peirce Mill became famous as the only 19th century gristmill operating full-time in the national park system. The site operated off and on until April 1993 when it was determined that the wooden waterwheel and attached mechanical components were too deteriorated to run safely. As a result, Peirce Mill ceased operating. Currently the Friends of Peirce Mill are working with Rock Creek Park to raise the needed funds and supply volunteer help to preserve the mill. Until then, Peirce Barn remains open to the public as a museum and ranger contact station.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Peirce Mill is closed for repairs until further notice.

Peirce Barn is open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 4 p.m., June 1 through November 30.

Fees & Reservations

Admission to Peirce Barn is free!

Directions

Peirce Mill and Barn are located at the corner of Tilden Street (same as Park Road), NW and Beach Drive, Washington, D.C. 20015.

Via Route 66: Take Route 66 across the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge. Get in the right lane on the bridge, and take the ramp for Independence Avenue. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp (heading towards the Kennedy Center along the river; this is Ohio Drive, but it's not marked as such). After passing the Kennedy Center (under its terrace) and Watergate, continue straight onto Rock Creek Parkway. When the parkway ends (near Connecticut and Calvert), continue north on Beach Drive. You will pass the zoo and Peirce Mill. Continue on Beach Drive to first stop light. Turn left onto Tilden drive, cross the bridge and turn right into the parking lot. Peirce Mill is the stone building to your right. Peirce Barn is the stone building to your left

Via the Beltway or Maryland: Take the Beltway north into Maryland; exit at Connecticut Ave. and proceed southbound toward Chevy Chase. Continue down Connecticut past the University of the District of Columbia. One block past the university turn left onto Tilden Street. Follow Tilden to the bottom of the hill and turn left into the parking lot at Peirce Mill. Via the Chain Bridge (VA): At the end of the bridge, turn right onto Canal Road. Make the first left (at the light) onto Arizona Avenue. Proceed on Arizona until you come to Van Ness Street. At Van Ness make a right and follow Van Ness to Connecticut. Make a right onto Connecticut, south bound). Follow to Tilden Street and make a left. Follow Tilden to the bottom of the hill and turn left into the parking lot in front of Peirce Mill. Dupont Circle: Proceed Northeast on New Hampshire Avenue for approximately half a mile when it will intersect 16th Street. Head north on 16th Street, towards the Maryland border. At the headquarters for the DC Department of Recreation and Parks follow the signs to Park Road (you will make a left exist of off 16th Street and then a right onto Park Road). Follow Park road to Beach Drive (you will have to bear to the right at the stop light at Klingle Road). Cross Beach Drive and turn right into the first parking lot. Located on Tilden Street Washington DC 20015 Phone: (202) 282-0927