Welcome to Dickinson Square- Watson’s Mill & Dickinson House

Nestled in the heart of Manotick Village, Dickinson Square shares a remarkable past rooted in industrial ingenuity and the foundation of our community. Built in 1860 along the shores of the Rideau River, Watson’s Mill remains active as a working water powered flour mill. Dickinson House, built in 1867, would become the home of all the Mill’s owners and remains open to the public as a heritage house museum.

Dickinson Square is the historical centre of Manotick and is comprised of Watson’s Mill, Dickinson House and the Carriage Shed. The site is run by the not-for-profit Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc.

Hours & Location

Watson’s Mill

CLOSED for the Season.
Opening May 2023.

OFFICE of Watson’s Mill

Monday – Wednesday
10am – 4pm

CLOSED December 22 – January 8.

Used Book Store

CLOSED for the Season.
Please DO NOT leave books outside of the building during the winter.

The Used Book Store will begin accepting donations in spring 2023, opening anticipated for April 2023.

Dickinson House

CLOSED for the Season.
Opening May 2023.


General Admission

Weekends (Saturday & Sunday) $2.00 per person, including a guided tour of Watson’s Mill & Dickinson House.

Weekdays are free for all ages, including guided tours of Watson’s Mill & Dickinson House.

Groups of 10 or more people must book in advance.

Booking Programs

Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc. offers a range of customizable tours and programs… we’ll even come to you!
To learn more about a programming options please visit our Programs page.

To discuss your options and make a booking contact:
Elaine Eagen
Programming & Visitor Experience Manager

Group Tours (10 or more People)

Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc. provides structured visits and tours for groups of 10 or more people.
Groups of 10 or more are required to make an advanced reservation. Groups of 10 or more people who do not make advanced reservations may not be accommodated with a guided tour.

Group Tour Cost (per person):
$2 Watson’s Mill
$2 Dickinson House
$4 Watson’s Mill & Dickinson House




PO Box 145
Manotick, ON
K4M 1A2

Recognition of Territory

Watson’s Mill, Dickinson House, and the Carriage Shed are built on un-ceded Algonquin Anishinabeterritory.

The peoples of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation have lived on this territory for millennia. Their culture and presence have nurtured and continue to nurture this land.

Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc. honours the peoples and land of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation.

Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc. honours all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and their valuable past and present contributions to this land.