For the past few years we've made The Big Road Trip to the east coast to go to museums, take art classes, sightsee, and visit friends and family. A highlight of a past trip was a visit to Peirce Mill. Yes, the sign inside the Mill is spelled wrong. They are just checking to see if you are paying attention. No, I don't know anything at all about mills but was the grateful recipient of a special guided tour by two people deeply involved in the restoration of the Mill, Sheila Ploger and Steve Ortado. It was a beautiful day and the floors of the mill creaked with history.
If you are ever in the Washington DC area and are lucky enough to go to Rock Creek Park, try to take time to visit Peirce Mill. It is still being restored and you'll need a phone call ahead of time to schedule your visit but it will be well worth it.