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The Long Island Mill

The Long Island Mill

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

The Long Island Mill

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

The Long Island Mill

Photo by contributor Anna - Posted September, 2006

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
In Manotick, at the mill, now called Watson's Mill
at the bend in Mill Street, south of Bridge Street


Coordinates: N 45 13.606 W 75 40.973

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Plaque Text

An outstanding example of mill architecture in Ontario, this grist-mill was constructed by Thomas Langrell, an Ottawa contractor, for Moss K. Dickinson (1822-97) and Joseph M. Currier (1820-84), the owners of a nearby sawmill. The Long Island Mill began operation in 1860 with four sets of mill-stones driven by water-powered turbines manufactured in Ottawa. By the autumn of 1862 a woollen-mill had been added to this industrial complex, around which the community of Manotick developed. Dickinson acquired full interest in the mills in 1863 and the family retained ownership of the Long Island Mill until 1929. In 1972 this mill, the adjacent Dickinson House, and the original carriage-shed were purchased and restored by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority.

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