Peirce Mill: Two Hundred Years in the Nation's Capital (Paperback)
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Peirce Mill: Two Hundred Years in the Nation's Capitol is a comprehensive history of the flour mill in the neighborhood of Cleveland Park in Washington, D.C. Steve Dryden's new book brings to life a fascinating family history from the early years of Washington, D.C. From humble beginnings as farmers and millwrights, the Peirces and their Shoemaker cousins rose to become civic and business leaders of the nation's capital at the turn of the twentieth century. This beautifully illustrated book is the first comprehensive history of the mill, one of the few remaining symbols of Washington's agrarian past and now a center for learning about the early technology of flour production. Steve Dryden is an historic preservation and environmental activist.
"The history of Peirce Mill covers three centuries, starting with the establishment of Washington as the built-from-scratch capital of a new nation. It continues through the contentious creation of the nation's first federally owned urban park along Rock Creek and culminates in the current efforts to restore the long-neglected mill to operating condition. The story of this cherished local landmark is a reminder that another Washington — the 'hometown' Washington — exists beyond the monuments on the Mall, and has a rich and engaging history all its own." — Richard Moe, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation