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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
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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.
  • Off the Beading Path is also offering Jewelry Making Classes
    • Choose from a variety of creative jewelry making classes. Techniques range from beginning to advanced. Can't make a class? They offer private classes, parties, and individual instruction. Check their online calendar or go in to chat and view their class samples.
    •  Registration taken over the phone or in person.
  • 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.

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 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)

August 13 (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 14 (Thursday)

  • The Bottle Stop is having a Wine, Scribbles & Nibbles Event - A Painting Workshop for Wine Lovers
    • From 1900 Hours - 2100 Hours
    •  This 2-hour class is taught by artist Kathy Strauss of Imagewerks and includes  a canvas, painting materials, one glass of wine and a cheese platter.
    • Have you always wanted to learn to paint, but thought you couldn't? No experience necessary for this class and at the end you will have a painted canvas that you can take home with you.
    • Class is $65 per person
    • See their site for details 
  • 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 15 (Friday)

  • Quinn's Goldsmith is celebrating their 24th Anniversary with a Party and Sale!
    • Anniversary Party from 1800 Hours to 2100 Hours (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
    • Celebrate with then and enjoy 24% Off All In-Stock Items!
    • First 50 ladies get a gift bag.
    • Quinn's Goldsmith - Making everyday something extraordinary!
  • 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 16 (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 16 (Saturday) - August 31 (Sunday)

  • Quinn's Goldsmith is celebrating their 24th Anniversary with a Sale!
    • Their 24% Off anniversary sale that started on August 15 continues...
    • Quinn's Goldsmith - Making everyday something extraordinary!

August 17 (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 19 (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

August 20 (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 21 (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 22 (Friday)

  • The Bottle Stop is having a Patio Party
    • From 1900 Hours - 2100 Hours (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
    •  Their end of summer Fire Roasted Patio Party features live music and loads to eat and drink!
    •  This time they're fire roasting a succulent whole pig, and serving lots of sides.
    • This is an opportunity to make a pig of yourself! Of course, artisan wine and craft beer will be free flowing.  
    • Don't miss your chance to attend this unique event. It sold out in July so purchase your tickets now!
    • Tickets are $65 per person
    • See their site for details 
  • 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 23 (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 24 (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 26 (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

August 27 (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 28 (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 29 (Friday)

  • Off the Beading Path is having a Back to School - Back to Beading
    • From 1200 Hours - 1500 Hours (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
    • Jump start your creativity and learning with their Beading 101 class.
    • Learn bead stringing and earring basics and all the professional finishing techniques.
  • 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 30 (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 31 (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.

September 2 (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)

September 2 (Tuesday) - October 6 (Monday)

Pairs by Any Other Name

  • The  exhibit features unique works of art that include:
    • 5 new works by Roger Frey, continuing in his “Diana Series” by adding a male companion he calls Apollo. 
    •  Bob Horowitz will be featuring complementary wood turned objects that emphasize the likeness between pairs of objects.
    • 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

September 3 (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.

September 4 (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.

September 5 (Friday)

  • Off the Beading Path is having a Back to School - Back to Beading
    • From 1200 Hours - 1500 Hours (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
    • Jump start your creativity and learning with their Beading 101 class.
    • Learn bead stringing and earring basics and all the professional finishing techniques.
  • 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.

September 6 (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

September 7 (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.

September 13 (Saturday)

  • The Artists' Undertaking Gallery is having a Meet the Artist Reception
    • Reception is from 1300 Hours - 1700 Hours (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • This is your opportunity to meet the creators of the art featured in this month's Art Exhibit, Roger Frey and Bob Horowitz
    • 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
  • The Art a La Carte Gallery is having a reception for their artist of the month in their

Lion, Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

  • The reception showcases
    • Jack Nevitt as he presents animal babies from around the world.
    • Photographs from Sydney, Australia; Zurich, Switzerland; Calgary, Canada; the National Zoo and the Galapagos Islands will be displayed. 
    • Refreshments will be served. 
    • Get inspired and stop by and see their show.
    • See their site for details

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

Prince William County Community Alert Network

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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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