• Down by the Old Mill Stream: The Story of Peirce Mill

    Spring Lecture and History-Go-Round Program

    Sunday, March 22, 2015, 4:00 pm

    Chevy Chase Village Hall
    5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD

    Author and preservationist Steve Dryden related the colorful history of Peirce Mill, the lone survivor of eight water-powered mills that once thrived along Rock Creek, when he presents the Chevy Chase Historical Society’s Spring Lecture on Sunday, March 22, at 4 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Village Hall. This free program continues CCHS’ celebration of the 125th anniversary of Rock Creek Park.

    Using vintage photographs dating back to the Civil War when Peirce Mill supplied flour for Union soldiers, Dryden told the story of the mill’s early days, its teahouse and dance hall era and its three restorations. His book, “Peirce Mill: Two Hundred Years in the Nation’s Capital,” was available for sale and signing following his talk.  

    Spring History-Go-Round Tour

    Saturday, April 11, 2015, 11:00 am
    Peirce Mill, Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC

    As a follow-up on the March 22 program, Steve Dryden led a CCHS History-Go-Round field trip on Saturday, April 11, to see historic Peirce Mill in action.  The customized tour and milling demonstration began at 11 a.m., followed by an optional box lunch.