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Watson's Mill, Ottawa

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Watson's Mill is an historic flour and gristmill in Manotick, Ontario, Canada. It is the only working museum in the Ottawa area and one of the very few operating industrial grist mills in North America. Watson's Mill still sells stone-ground whole wheat flour which is made on site. The mill is also well known for its ghost Annabelle. The legend is that Ann Currier, wife of Joseph, haunts the mill, following her death in a tragic accident there in 1861. Watson's Mill is Manotick's most recognized landmark. Its image is used as a symbol for the village.

Moss Kent Dickinson and Joseph Merrill Currier founded the mill as the Long Island Milling Enterprise in 1860. It was one of a series of mills constructed in the area using power from the Rideau Canal. It earned its current name when it was purchased by Harry Watson in 1946. Watson was the last owner to operate the mill at an industrial level. When the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority bought the mill in 1972, it was developed into a museum.

The mill is open to the public during the summer months and hosts a variety of events, including milling demonstrations every Sunday.

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  • Watson's mill was one of the best mills I have ever visited. Great place to learn how a mill works, and on Sunday's, you can even see them make flour.  more »
  • I am from Manotick but pop back from Kingston when I can. I have some great memories of the mill while growing up. Manotick has sadly been built up but this lovely mill remains the cornerstone of the....  more »
  • Grounds are pristine and rich in history. A magically beautiful place and educative experience. A great example of natural history and national culture. There's a daunting but captivating love story that happened in the past there that's true, and eerily haunting. At night its transformed, and has an especially ghostly presence.
  • It's a great place to come visit and check out some of the history from Ottawa.the mill can be visited during the daytime and on the weekends and has three floors full of machinery on grinding grains. I really the place and I think it is a great place to visit, you can sit by the river and enjoy the ducks and the water go by.
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