The Homer Watson House & Gallery is the homestead of Homer Watson, Canada's first noted landscape artist (1855-1936). The Gallery, constructed in 1906, is one of the oldest operating galleries in the Province of Ontario. Watson's early Scottish Gothic style house was also the home of the renowned Doon School of Fine Arts during the 1950's and 60's and drew such artists as Fred Varley and Carl Schaefer. In 1955, the house was officially recognized by the Historic Sites and Monuments of Canada. In 1980 the house and surrounding three acre property were designated under the Ontario Heritage Act as being of architectural and historic significance.
The mission of the Homer Watson House & Gallery is to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Homer Watson's creative spirit by stimulating the appreciation, enjoyment and practice of the visual arts.