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.

Watson’s Mill
Dickinson House

Hours & Location

Watson’s Mill & Dickinson House
May 20 – September 47 days a week10am – 5pm
September 8 – October 8Friday – Sunday10am – 5pm
October 9 – December 31Special Events Only
Used Book Store
April 15 – April 26Saturdays Only10am – 4pm
May 1 – October 87 days a week10am – 4pm
October 13 – December 3Friday – Sunday10am – 4pm
SPECIAL CLOSURE: October 20, 21, 22

Donations accepted during Book Store Open hours. Please keep donations to 5 bags/boxes or less.

The Used Book Store does not buy used books.

Please note that the Used Book Store does not take specific book requests, nor do we check inventory over the telephone.

OFFICE of Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc.

Watson’s Mill, Dickinson House and the Used Book Store are operated by the not-for-profit Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc.

Our Office can be found on the 2nd floor of the Carriage Shed.
5524 Dickinson Street, Manotick, ON

January – MarchMonday – Wednesday10am – 4pm
April – DecemberMonday – Friday10am – 4pm


General Admission
(Saturday & Sunday)
Admission by Donation
*Suggested Donation $2.00
Ages 12+
Under 12 are Free
(Monday – Friday)
FREEAll Ages
Free guided tours are provided every day of the week!

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)
Watson’s Mill$2.00
Dickinson House$2.00
Dickinson Square (Watson’s Mill & Dickinson House)$4.00
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 Mana




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.