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For more than 100,000 years, people have been eating grains. Two hundred years ago, Peirce Mill was built along Rock Creek. What happened in between? We’ll explore how milling evolved, from crushing seeds with a rock to the 19th century mills of Washington, DC. Our virtual tour will be conducted by Angela Kramer, Education Director, Friends of Peirce Mill and William McLeod, Docent, Friends of Peirce Mill.

See below for the Pierce Mill Tea House “Harding Waffle” recipe! More on the Rock Creek National Park Service Facebook page.

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Virtual Tour of Peirce Mill


In 1921, when the Girl Scouts began operating Pierce Mill Tea House, “Harding Waffles” were a very popular menu item. But what are Harding Waffles, and why were they so popular?

During the 1920 presidential campaign, Mrs. Harding became famous for serving waffles on her front porch while her husband spoke to potential constituents. People went home and raved about Mrs. Harding’s waffles and begged for her recipe. When she became First Lady, her recipe was published in newspapers all over the country. Waffles remained an important part of Harding family breakfasts at the White House.

Florence Harding’s Waffles
c/o: The Harding Home Presidential Site, Marion, Ohio
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 heaping Tbsp. butter
1 pint of milk
1 pint of flour
2 heaping tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Beat yolks of eggs, sugar, milk, and flour. Add melted butter. Just before ready to bake, add baking powder and beaten whites of eggs. Cook in hot waffle iron.

A quote attributed to President Harding states, “You eat the first fourteen waffles without syrup, but with lots of butter. Then you put syrup on the next nine, and the last half-dozen you eat simply swimming in syrup. Eaten that way, waffles never hurt anybody.”

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