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Welcome to Historic Occoquan, Virginia
& to HistoricOccoquan.com

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Historic Occoquan is a community rich in history and consists of residents, artists, shops, restaurants, businesses, and a local town government.  It's outdoor dining, ghost walks, town boat dock and more are located just 11 miles south of the Capital Beltway on I-95 at exit 160 and then north on Gordon Blvd/Rte 123 to Commerce Street.  Directions to Historic Occoquan are available at Google Maps.

Occoquan is located at 38°40′58″N, 77°15′39″W and is accessible by car, boat, raft, bike, and foot traffic.  Access is available by road, river and the East Coast Greenway.

Occoquan is also conveniently located just minutes from the Amtrak Auto Train stop in Lorton, VA.  Unlike a plane or the car, the auto train provides onboard entertainment, a lounge car and a dining car as it takes both you and your vehicle on a stress free journey to Florida.  So when you next consider a trip to Florida, please remember your opportunities of shopping and dining in Historic Occoquan before you depart or upon your return.

The Town of Occoquan can be explored by this aerial view where you can click on shops and business for more information or you can access an on-line map of the town which includes a little bit of history and is provided by the Business Guild of Occoquan.  For even more history, the Historic Occoquan Self Guided Walking Tour has been made available with the permission of LaVerne Carson.

Read about this month's masthead celebrating the Summer of 2014.

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Historic Occoquan Community Events
for this month & Beyond

The latest Town of Occoquan Newsletter is available on the left.

Historic Occoquan.com can now be viewed on your phone
 by going to
Historicoccoquan.mobi

 

Historic Occoquan Event Application

Pictures of some of the Historic Occoquan Town Markers are now online.  Read about some of the town history as more markers are added to the site.

If you would like to look more quickly for specific items, participating Occoquan Merchants and items that they provide can be found using the Google custom search feature below:

The "Just say 'Hi' Campaign"

  • Show your support for the "HistoricOccoquan.Com" website and  help maintain the friendly Occoquan lifestyle.  When next in town, don't forget to smile and say 'Hi".  Having a sparkle in your eye is optional.

And they also won the Carlson Craft Award for Service to their customers for the 20th consecutive  year!

 

Local Poet Leo Smith now has some of his work on-line

The Historic Occoquan Theatre is now On-Line!

Watch events that have occurred in Historic Occoquan that you may have missed....

During the Month:

  • Serendipity is offering: 10% discount coupons on their site, for entire purchase
    • They also are reporting on their website that
    • Every Tuesday--military spouses get 20 percent off.
    • Every Thursday--senior citizens (60 and older) get 20 percent off
  • Off the Beading Path monthly special includes:
    • Strands that are 20% off, see their site for details
    • Receive 50% off one item in the store (excluding any other promotions, some products excluded) on your birthday.
      • Well, not exactly limited to just the one day.  Offer is available within one week of your birthday.
  • Spinaweb is featuring fabric woven in their shop that they make into fashionable clothing and boutique items.  See their site for details.
  • The Coffee House of Occoquan is continuing their sale this month - Up to 50% and more off on selected items!
  • Sincerely Yours Stained Glass Studio is holding classes to teach how to create a copper-foil stained glass panels of your choice.  Call or Email to schedule.

July 1 (Tuesday) - July 31 (Thursday)

  • The Irish Collection is having a Summer Sale!
    • Storewide 20% off Select items
    • 50% off Sweaters, All Jewelry, China, Art & More!

July 8 (Tuesday) - August 1 (Friday)

Fantastic Metallic

  • The  exhibit features unique works of art that include:
    • Copper Work by Anne Jordan of Fairfax, VA and
    • Photography by Gerry Gantt of Fairfax, VA
    • The gallery is open 1100 Hours - 1700 Hours (11:00 AM – 5:00 PM) daily and is located at
      309 Mill Street in Historic Occoquan, VA.  
      • For more information contact the gallery at 703-494-0584

“Rooster Sculpture” by Anne Jordan (copper and stone) “Ring-billed Gull” by Gerry Gantt (photography printed on metal) “Male Wood Duck” by Gerry Gantt (photography printed on metal) “Cherry Blossoms” by Anne Jordan (copper and stone)

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 19 (Saturday) - July 25 (Friday)

  • The Preservation Station  is hosting the Grand Opening of the Historic Occoquan Little Free Library
    • Learn more at littlefreelibrary.org and then come say hello to a fantastic new neighbor.
    • Drop by their shop with a 'buck and a book' to be among the library's charter supporters. If you love books and love sharing you are going to LOVE this idea!

July 24 (Thursday) - July 27 (Sunday)

  • The Blue Arbor Café  is celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary!
    •  The Blue Arbor Café, located in the heart of Historic Occoquan, is celebrating its ten year anniversary. 
    • Outside in the courtyard there will be live music provided by The Back Alley Blues, The Youth Orchestra of Prince William County and Michael Soule.
    • The Arbor is rolling back sandwich prices to ten years ago and will be giving away prizes including, tickets to see The Potomac Nationals, and items from the unique shops located in town.
    • Be sure to stop by for a “Taste Off the Beaten Path”.

July 25 (Friday)

  • The Bottle Stop is having their first Fire Roasted Patio Party
    • From 1900 Hours - 2100 Hours (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
    • It's $65/person ($60 for wine club members) for an all you can eat and lots to drink party like Occoquan has never seen before.  They're fire roasting a succulent whole lamb, serving lots of sides AND Lickinghole Creek Brewery (Goochland, VA) will be on hand pouring 4 of their craft brews too! 
    • Of course, artisan wine will be available for non-beer drinkers.  
    • The party will feature all you can eat:   Fire Roasted Lamb ~ Grilled Vegetable Antipasto ~ Potato Salad ~ Vinegar Slaw ~ Strawberry Shortcake ~ Brownies ~ Watermelon  
    • Also included in your ticket price are 4 glasses of Lickinghole Creek craft beer or house wine selections.
    • Tickets must be purchased in advance and are inclusive of food, wine and beer. Don't miss this party in the OC - there's a limited number of tickets available so get yours now while they are still available!  
  • Nola Rose Peony Lane is having extended hours and is open till 2000 Hours (8:00 PM)
  • Vintage resale boutique is open late.  Come out and enjoy Occoquan in the evening as you shop for some nostalgic finds.
  • Haunted Occoquan Tours are booking up for the 2100 hour tour weather permitting (9:00 PM).
    • Call 571-572-9410 to book your tour now while spaces and spirits are still available.

July 26 (Saturday)

  • Art A La Carte Gift Boutique & Gallery is hosting a Portrait Drawing Class
    • Class is from 08:00 Hours - 10:30 Hours.
    • Class is being taught by talented artist Tonya Butcher
    • The cost of the course is $120 + $25 Materials (or supply your own)
    • Call to reserve your spot while space is still available - 703.496.9540
    • Please contact Tonya at Tonya@sacredheartportraits.com if you have any questions

“Portrait” by Tonya Butcher

  • River Shore Charters is offering tours of the Occoquan between 1200 Hrs till 1700 Hrs (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • Departures are on each hour from Occoquan Regional Park and the Wharf at the Town of Occoquan.
    • Tickets are just $12 for each adult, $6 for kids and PETS ride for FREE!
    • Tickets are available for purchase online at River Shore Charters or purchase on the boat.
  • The Preservation Station  is providing a Restoration Clinic
    • Stop by their new location on Union Street to see demonstrations of products Debra uses to restore and care for her inventory. Bring along a small item in need of TLC and you can take care of it on the spot! Everything will be provided and questions are welcome! 
  • Haunted Occoquan Tours are booking up for the 1600 and 2100 hour tours  weather permitting (4:00 PM and 9:00 PM).
    • Call 571-572-9410 to book your tour now while spaces and spirits are still available.
  • River Shore Charters is offering rides to Tim's Rivershore
    • Departure is at 18:30 hours (6:30 PM0 and arrive at Tim's at 19:40 hours (7:40 PM)
    • Stay there 2 hours with departure at 21:45 hours (9:45 PM) and return to Occoquan at 23:00 Hours (11:00 PM).
    • This ride departs from the Town Wharf
    • Cost $30 adults, child $15 Reservations Required
  • Nola Rose Peony Lane is having extended hours and is open till 2000 Hours (8:00 PM)
  • Vintage resale boutique is open late.  Come out and enjoy Occoquan in the evening as you shop for some nostalgic finds.

July 27 (Sunday)

  • The Bottle Stop is having their Brunch
  • River Shore Charters is offering rides to Tim's Rivershore
    • Departure is at 10:15 hours (10:15 AM) and returns from Tim's at 14:45 hours (2:45 PM)
    • This ride departs from the Town Wharf
    • Cost $30 adults, child $15
    • Reservations Required
  • The Preservation Station  is offering Preservation Pointers
    • From 1300 Hours - 1600 Hours (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
    • Drop by for how-to's regarding the preparation and safe storage of heirlooms, keepsakes and treasures of all kinds.
    • Sample their products and browse their ever–changing antiques and vintage inventory!
  • River Shore Charters is offering tours of the Occoquan between 1500 Hrs till dark (3:00 PM - Dark)
    • Departures are on each hour from Occoquan Regional Park and the Wharf at the Town of Occoquan.
    • Tickets are just $12 for each adult, $6 for kids and PETS ride for FREE!
    • Tickets are available for purchase online at River Shore Charters or purchase on board.

July 29 (Tuesday)

  •  The Cock and Bowl is offering their Chicken & Waffles
    • From 1600 hours - 2100 hours (4:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
    • In what has become an institution, the Cock and Bowl is serving a delicious breaded boneless chicken breast, served perched atop a fresh baked waffle, and slathered in OMG-level creamy sausage gravy.
      • Some prefer it with a little maple syrup, some are purists, but all sigh with happiness the whole meal through.
    • Get in early as it is only being offered while supplies last

July 30 (Wednesday)

  • The Cock and Bowl is having their Mussels, Frites, and Brew
    • All Day - Every Wednesday
    • Mussels Mariniere & frites, just $14.
    • Add a brew from a short list of Belgians for just $4 more.
    • Best deal in town! 
  • The Preservation Station  is having their Workshop Wednesdays
    • From 1300 Hours - 1600 Hours (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
    • Drop in to see how they restore and/or 'up-cycle' furniture and home furnishings.
    • They will demonstrate how their chalk-paint transforms wood, plastic, glass and metal and how easy it is to use!
    • All TPS furniture and home furnishings include your choice of colors and brushes.
  • Haunted Occoquan Tours are booking up for the 2100 hour tour weather permitting (9:00 PM).
    • Call 571-572-9410 to book your tour now while spaces and spirits are still available.

July 31 (Thursday)

  • Haunted Occoquan Tours are booking up for the 2100 hour tour weather permitting (9:00 PM).
    • Call 571-572-9410 to book your tour now while spaces and spirits are still available.

August 1 (Friday)

  • Personally Yours is having a 22nd Anniversary Sale!
    • From 1000 hours to 1800 hours (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
    • Celebrate their 22 years in business with their annual Storewide Sale.
    • Take 22% off all shop merchandise plus up to 75% off selected merchandise.
    • Enjoy refreshments and register for $500 worth of gift certificates.
  • The Preservation Station  is having a Grand (re)Opening Sale
    • From 1300 Hours - 2000 Hours (1:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
    • At the Preservation Station they are settling into their new space on Union Street; it is (MUCH!) smaller and so they need to pare their inventory down.
    • They offer antiques, art and books—as well as a cool vintage and 'bespoke' home furnishings.
    • Ask about their furniture painting, other restorations and how to 'bespeak' pieces.
  • Haunted Occoquan Tours are booking up for the 2100 hour tour weather permitting (9:00 PM).
    • Call 571-572-9410 to book your tour now while spaces and spirits are still available.

August 2 (Saturday)

  • Personally Yours is having a 22nd Anniversary Sale!
    • From 1000 hours to 1800 hours (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
    • Celebrate their 22 years in business with their annual Storewide Sale.
    • Take 22% off all shop merchandise plus up to 75% off selected merchandise.
    • Enjoy refreshments and register for $500 worth of gift certificates.
  • River Shore Charters is offering tours of the Occoquan between 1200 Hrs till 1700 Hrs (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • Departures are on each hour from Occoquan Regional Park and the Wharf at the Town of Occoquan.
    • Tickets are just $12 for each adult, $6 for kids and PETS ride for FREE!
    • Tickets are available for purchase online at River Shore Charters or purchase on the boat.
  • The Preservation Station  is having a Grand (re)Opening Sale
    • From 1300 Hours - 2000 Hours (1:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
    • At the Preservation Station they are settling into their new space on Union Street; it is (MUCH!) smaller and so they need to pare their inventory down.
    • They offer antiques, art and books—as well as a cool vintage and 'bespoke' home furnishings.
    • Ask about their furniture painting, other restorations and how to 'bespeak' pieces.
  • The Artists' Undertaking Gallery in Historic Occoquan is hosting an artist reception
    • Reception is from 1300 Hours to 1700 Hours (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • This is your opportunity to meet talented artists:
      • Gerry Gantt of Fairfax, VA
      • Sherry Chaples of Springfield, VA and
      • Tina Kannapel of Fairfax, VA
    • The gallery is open 1100 Hours - 1700 Hours (11:00 AM – 5:00 PM) daily and is located at
      309 Mill Street in Historic Occoquan, VA.  
      • For more information contact the gallery at 703-494-0584
  • Haunted Occoquan Tours are booking up for the 1600 and 2100 hour tours  weather permitting (4:00 PM and 9:00 PM).
    • Call 571-572-9410 to book your tour now while spaces and spirits are still available.
  • River Shore Charters is offering rides to Tim's Rivershore
    • Departure is at 18:30 hours (6:30 PM0 and arrive at Tim's at 19:40 hours (7:40 PM)
    • Stay there 2 hours with departure at 21:45 hours (9:45 PM) and return to Occoquan at 23:00 Hours (11:00 PM).
    • This ride departs from the Town Wharf
    • Cost $30 adults, child $15 Reservations Required

August 2 (Saturday) - September 1 (Monday)

Angels and Curves

  • The  exhibit features unique works of art that include:
    • Lotus photographs printed on metal, by fine-art photographer Gerry Gantt of Fairfax, VA and
    • Jewelry by Sherry Chaples of Springfield, VA and
    • Carved Eggshells by Tina Kannapel of Fairfax, VA
    • The gallery is open 1100 Hours - 1700 Hours (11:00 AM – 5:00 PM) daily and is located at
      309 Mill Street in Historic Occoquan, VA.  
      • For more information contact the gallery at 703-494-0584

“Fractal Rainbow” by Sherry Chaples – Brass and Iridescent Crystal Bismuth Pendant “Standing Heron” by Tina Kannapel – Emu Eggshell Sculpture “Lotus--Center of Being iii” by Gerry Gantt

August 3 (Sunday)

  • The Bottle Stop is having their Brunch
  • River Shore Charters is offering rides to Tim's Rivershore
    • Departure is at 10:15 hours (10:15 AM) and returns from Tim's at 14:45 hours (2:45 PM)
    • This ride departs from the Town Wharf
    • Cost $30 adults, child $15
    • Reservations Required
  • Personally Yours is having a 22nd Anniversary Sale!
    • From 1100 hours to 1700 hours (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
    • Celebrate their 22 years in business with their annual Storewide Sale.
    • Take 22% off all shop merchandise plus up to 75% off selected merchandise.
    • Enjoy refreshments and register for $500 worth of gift certificates.
  • The Preservation Station  is having a Grand (re)Opening Sale
    • From 1300 Hours - 2000 Hours (1:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
    • At the Preservation Station they are settling into their new space on Union Street; it is (MUCH!) smaller and so they need to pare their inventory down.
    • They offer antiques, art and books—as well as a cool vintage and 'bespoke' home furnishings.
    • Ask about their furniture painting, other restorations and how to 'bespeak' pieces.
  • River Shore Charters is offering tours of the Occoquan between 1500 Hrs till dark (3:00 PM - Dark)
    • Departures are on each hour from Occoquan Regional Park and the Wharf at the Town of Occoquan.
    • Tickets are just $12 for each adult, $6 for kids and PETS ride for FREE!
    • Tickets are available for purchase online at River Shore Charters or purchase on board.

August 5 (Tuesday)

  • The Cock and Bowl is offering their Chicken & Waffles
    • From 1600 hours - 2100 hours (4:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
    • In what has become an institution, the Cock and Bowl is serving a delicious breaded boneless chicken breast, served perched atop a fresh baked waffle, and slathered in OMG-level creamy sausage gravy.
      • Some prefer it with a little maple syrup, some are purists, but all sigh with happiness the whole meal through.
    • Get in early as it is only being offered while supplies last
  • Another action packed Town Hall meeting at 1900 Hours (7:00 PM)

August 6 (Wednesday)

  • The Cock and Bowl is having their Mussels, Frites, and Brew
    • All Day - Every Wednesday
    • Mussels Mariniere & frites, just $14.
    • Add a brew from a short list of Belgians for just $4 more.
    • Best deal in town! 
  • Haunted Occoquan Tours are booking up for the 2100 hour tour weather permitting (9:00 PM).
    • Call 571-572-9410 to book your tour now while spaces and spirits are still available.

August 7 (Thursday)

  • Haunted Occoquan Tours are booking up for the 2100 hour tour weather permitting (9:00 PM).
    • Call 571-572-9410 to book your tour now while spaces and spirits are still available.

August 8 (Friday)

  • Haunted Occoquan Tours are booking up for the 2100 hour tour weather permitting (9:00 PM).
    • Call 571-572-9410 to book your tour now while spaces and spirits are still available.

August 9 (Saturday)

  • River Shore Charters is offering tours of the Occoquan between 1200 Hrs till 1700 Hrs (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • Departures are on each hour from Occoquan Regional Park and the Wharf at the Town of Occoquan.
    • Tickets are just $12 for each adult, $6 for kids and PETS ride for FREE!
    • Tickets are available for purchase online at River Shore Charters or purchase on the boat.
  • Haunted Occoquan Tours are booking up for the 1600 and 2100 hour tours  weather permitting (4:00 PM and 9:00 PM).
    • Call 571-572-9410 to book your tour now while spaces and spirits are still available.
  • River Shore Charters is offering rides to Tim's Rivershore
    • Departure is at 18:30 hours (6:30 PM0 and arrive at Tim's at 19:40 hours (7:40 PM)
    • Stay there 2 hours with departure at 21:45 hours (9:45 PM) and return to Occoquan at 23:00 Hours (11:00 PM).
    • This ride departs from the Town Wharf
    • Cost $30 adults, child $15 Reservations Required

August 10 (Sunday)

  • The Bottle Stop is having their Brunch
  • River Shore Charters is offering rides to Tim's Rivershore
    • Departure is at 10:15 hours (10:15 AM) and returns from Tim's at 14:45 hours (2:45 PM)
    • This ride departs from the Town Wharf
    • Cost $30 adults, child $15
    • Reservations Required
  • River Shore Charters is offering tours of the Occoquan between 1500 Hrs till dark (3:00 PM - Dark)
    • Departures are on each hour from Occoquan Regional Park and the Wharf at the Town of Occoquan.
    • Tickets are just $12 for each adult, $6 for kids and PETS ride for FREE!
    • Tickets are available for purchase online at River Shore Charters or purchase on board.

August 12 (Tuesday)

  •  The Cock and Bowl is offering their Chicken & Waffles
    • From 1600 hours - 2100 hours (4:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
    • In what has become an institution, the Cock and Bowl is serving a delicious breaded boneless chicken breast, served perched atop a fresh baked waffle, and slathered in OMG-level creamy sausage gravy.
      • Some prefer it with a little maple syrup, some are purists, but all sigh with happiness the whole meal through.
    • Get in early as it is only being offered while supplies last
  • Planning Commission Meeting at 1830 Hours (6:30 PM)
  • Architectural Review Board Meeting at 1930 Hours (7:30 PM)

September 27 (Saturday) - September 28 (Sunday)

  • Can you say Occoquan Craft Show?
    • Saturday from 1000 Hours - 1800 Hours (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
    • Sunday from 1000 Hours - 1700 Hours (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM0

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See what it's like on the Interstate 95 Exit for Historic Occoquan - Exit 160

 


 

Occoquan Coffee Shop - Open mike every Saturday night

Jerry's Occoquan Jewelers

Sincerely Yours Stained Glass Studio

Spinaweb - Specialty weaving in Occoquan

Elements of Occoquan - Fun and Wacky

Union Street Guitar Works




The Prince William Art Society, Inc.

Hair Studio 14

Off the Beading Path

Occoquan Craft Show

Lorton Valley Star Newspaper

 
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