Watson's Mill

 

    Watson's Mill

         Watson's Mill, situated in historic Dickinson Square, is a unique working 19th century grist and flour mill. It is the only industrial heritage site in the city of Ottawa and one of the few remaining operating grist mills in North America. The Mill is older than Canada itself. It was built by Moss Kent Dickinson and his partner, Joseph Currier, in 1860. It was constructed from limestone quarried from the riverbank of the Rideau River.

      One year after the mill was built, Joseph Currier married a woman named Ann Crosby of Lake George N.Y. One month after their wedding in January, Ann, who was just 20 years old, was killed in a tragic accident in the Mill. During a celebration to commemorate the first year of successful business in the Mill, her skirts were caught in a revolving turbine shaft on the second level of the Mill and she was thrown against one of the nearby support pillars and killed instantly. Joseph Currier was so distraught by the accident that he sold his shares in the mill and left Manotick. The mill was sold to the Spratts in 1929. Mr. Spratt died 6 years later, but the mill remained in the family until purchased by Harry Watson in 1946.

      Reports of ghostly sightings, unexplainable sounds, and other revelations have been reported over the years. If you go to the mill now, you will see a black ribbon tied around the post where she died. Some people have reported an extreme cold spot around this post. Many sightings occur in the second floor windows during the evening, often during foggy or rainy nights. The apparition that has been witnessed tends to be a beautiful, tall, flaxen haired young woman in a long dress who moves from one window to the next. The sounds of a woman's ghostly cries have also been reported, along with moaning inside the mill.