In 1860, along the Rideau Canal, Moss Kent Dickinson and his partner, Joseph Currier, built the Long Island Flouring Mill in what is now know as the historic Dickinson Square in the picturesque village of Manotick, to which Dickinson founded and named after an Ojibwa word meaning “Island in the river”. The mill was constructed of limestone quarried from the riverbank of the western channel of the Rideau River and is older than Canada itself. Moss Kent Dickinson was born in Denmark, New York in 1822, his family relocated to Cornwall, Ontario in 1827. Joseph Currier was born in North Troy, Vermont in 1820, his family moved to Canada in 1836. In 1858 he became partners with Dickinson to open the Long Island Mill. Both men were in the lumber business and teamed up for this new and exciting opportunity. They obtained the water rights to the head of water at the newly constructed dam on the back channel of the Rideau River..More
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