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Pierce Mill Demonstrating Ice Cream Making on Saturday, a Nice Outing for the Family

August 4, 2017

If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, Pierce Mill is hosting a free event on Saturday demonstrating ice cream making. From their announcement:

Lean how to make hand-cranked ice cream the old fashioned way on Saturday, August 5th at Peirce Mill starting at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  This demonstration will show you how ice and salt creates a brine that reduces the temperature below freezing, and cranking the handle for 30 minutes can whip this frozen treat made famous by Dolly Madison after her return from France. A historic recipe by Thomas Jefferson with modern adaptation will be available to take away Free!

Peirce Mill is located in Rock Creek Park at 2401 Tilden Street, NW, at the intersection of Beach Drive and Tilden Street, NW (Park Road if approaching from the east).  The mill was built circa 1820 by Isaac Peirce and owned by the family for three generations.  To learn more, visit

Heritage Day at Pierce Mill is this Saturday (Oct. 10th)

October 8, 2015
Pierce Mill

Pierce Mill

If you were looking forward to the Soldiers’ Home Fall Fun Fest last weekend before the weather caused its cancellation, you may want to check out Heritage Day at Pierce Mill which is this Saturday, October 10th. It is scheduled to be a full-day festival that showcases local history, offers activities for kids, and a chance to step back in time to experience 19th century history, culture and milling … and it isn’t that far from the neighborhood.

According to the Friends of Pierce Mill Web site, “Dr. Stonestreet, a 19th-century “primary care physician” embodied by Corky Hickey of the Montgomery County Historical Society, will head up the list of attractions at the mill’s Heritage Day. Dr. S, based on a real Rockville practitioner, will explain the gruesome medical procedures in the good old days before effective anesthesia and antibiotics. Also on that day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: music by local fiddler Kate Saylor and friends, demonstrations of the antique apple press, a blacksmith, stone wall building and a pork roast cooked over an open flame. Food truck will be on site.”



  • Lost in the Park-hike from the mill with a park ranger and learn mapping skills


  • Demonstrations in the arts of the blacksmith, stonemason, carpenter and family medicine;
  • Learn how to roast a pig and try your hand at working an antique apple press;
  • Nature crafts and old-time games for children;
  • Music by local fiddler Kate Saylor and friends;
  • Mill tours (10:00 on) and corn milling (11:00-2:00)

For information on Peirce Mill’s location & hours:

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