The launch of Dickinson Square’s 2017 season was held on Saturday in Manotick. A living part of local history, it is a great place to bring friends and family who want to spend an enjoyable few hours on the banks of the Rideau River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Watson’s Mill, was built in 1860 by Moss Kent Dickinson and his partner, Joseph Currier. As an operating grist mill, you can see how flour was made using the power of the Rideau River.
A visit to Dickinson House will give you a feel for how one of the early families in Manotick lived. The volunteers and staff in period costume at both Watson’s Mill and Dickinson House will help you take a step back in time.
You can also drop by the used book store in the Carriage House, a fundraiser that supports activities at Watson’s Mill.
The Member of Parliament for Carleton, the Hon. Pierre Poilievre, participated in the launch. Pierre was captured celebrating a little bit of local history with “Willy Dickinson.” Prior to Pierre, Bill Tupper was the most recent Conservative Member of Parliament to represent what is now the electoral district of Carleton.
In the spring of 2015, with the encouragement of then Minister Poilievre, an application to have Dickinson Square recognized as a National Historic Site was submitted to Parks Canada. The decision is still pending.
Recognition of Dickinson Square as a National Historic Site would be a great way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.