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Welcome to Historic Occoquan, Virginia
& to HistoricOccoquan.com

Often duplicated. Never replicated.

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.

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Historic Occoquan Community Events
for this month & Beyond

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

 

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.

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
    • Birthday Beaders: Receive a free gift with purchase 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.
  • 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.
  • The Preservation Station is providing Furniture Painting and Distressing Fun!
    • Learn the basics of restoring, painting, distressing and finishing furniture and home furnishings. 
    • Classes are hands–on and include all supplies and your choice of a mirror, shelf or frame (etc.) to finish and take home.
    • Fee is $50 per person or $175 for a group of 5 ($35 each).
  • The Preservation Station is offering drop in classes in April & May!
    • With just a bit of advance notice, choose an item to paint and finish or distress as you like.
    •  All supplies are included and you choose the color and learn how to mix your own chalk-type paint for pennies!
    • You will take your completed item home with enough paint for many other projects.
    • Just $25 to $35 per person depending upon piece chosen.
    • Just in are tin architectural stars up to a huge 24"!
    • Stop by shop for details. Open most days 12 to 5 or later.

June 2 (Tuesday) - July 5 (Sunday)

The Painterly Print
Recent Monotypes by Linda Rose Larochelle

  • "The Painterly Print" features a series of monotypes by printmaker Linda Rose Larochelle. Monotypes, one of a kind images made from pressing paper onto an inked plate, allow the artist to achieve a range of tones and subtle gradations of color not possible in other printmaking forms.
  • In this show, the figurative monotypes are large and expressive with bold colors and patterns reminiscent of the Post Impressionists. Mothers and children remain a familiar theme in Larochelle's work.
  • The Loft Gallery is open
    • Tuesday - Friday 1100 Hours - 1600 Hours (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
    • Saturday 1100 Hours to 1700 Hours (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
    • Sunday 1200 Hours - 1700 Hours (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

“Close Up”, 20 x 28 monotype, ikua ink on paper “Close”, 20 x 28 monotype, ikua ink on paper

June 2 (Tuesday) - July 6 (Monday)

Paper and Clay

  • An exhibit featuring
    • Pottery by Marianne Cordyack of Reston, VA and
    • Photography and Digital Painting by David and Jane Ernst of Springfield, 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

“Yesterday’s Lunch” by David Ernst – Digital Painting “Going Out Series #17 by Jane Ernst – Digital Painting “Pottery with Celebration Motif” by Marianne Cordyack – Salt Glazed Pottery

June 20 (Saturday)

  • Off the Beading Path is Celebrating their Seventh Anniversary
    • From 1200 Hours to 1600 Hours (12:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
    • Join them for their Seventh Anniversary!
    • They'll be doing fun jewelry Make & Takes, drawings and enjoying yummy goodies.
    • If you haven't caught the beading bug, come see what it's all about!
  • The Prince William Trails and Stream Coalition is hosting the 9th Annual Duck Splash.
    • Starts at1200 Hours (noon)
    • Rubber ducks will be dropped from one of the bridges in town (there are only two)
    •  It's $5 to adopt a numbered duck
    • Cash prizes are awarded for 1st through 10th place.
    • See their site to purchase tickets.
  • 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.
  • Art A La Carte is hosting Birds of the Chesapeake
    • From 1200 Hours to 1800 Hours (12:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
    • Come see Artist Donna Turgeon’s 30-year retrospective of her work during the month of June.
    • She will be hosting a reception from 1400 Hours to 1800 Hours (2:00 PM -6:00 PM) for patrons, art/science colleagues, friends, and the general public.
    • Donna co-owns this gallery, home to 26 other artists of diverse talents.
  • The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery in Historic Occoquan is hosting a Meet the Artists Reception
    • from 1300 Hours to 1700 Hours (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • The featured artists for June will be displaying works of art in paper, by David and Jane Ernst, and clay, by Marianne Cordyack. 
    • David and Jane turn their amazing photographs into digital paintings, while Marianne creates beautiful and whimsical salt glazed pottery.
    • 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
  • 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

June 23 (Tuesday)

  • Off the Beading Path is hosting UFO's anad Open Beading
    • From 1200 Hours to 1500 Hours (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
    • Have any unfinished beading projects (ufo's) or having trouble getting started on a new project? Join them for some creative and cooperative help.

June 24 (Wednesday) - July 6 (Monday)

  • The L @ Gifts4All is hosting a Paris on the Occoquan
    • 10% off of The L at Gifts4All plus photo op of Paris on the Ooccoquan

June 25 (Thursday)

  • Learn Intarsia Knitting at the Yarn Cloud!
    • Do you love working with color and incorporating motifs into your knitting? Learn all the techniques to make your favorite hat, scarf or sweater truly unique.
    • Class will be held either noon or 7pm.
    • Cost is $25.00 plus supplies.
    • Call 571-408-4236 to register.

June 27 (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.
  • 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

June 28 (Sunday)

  • The Loft Gallery is hosting a Meet the Artist Reception
    • From 1230 Hours to 1430 Hours (12:30 PM - 2:30 PM)
    • Meet talented artist and printmaker Linda Rose Larochelle.
    • The Loft Gallery is open
      • Tuesday - Friday 1100 Hours - 1600 Hours (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
      • Saturday 1100 Hours to 1700 Hours (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
      • Sunday 1200 Hours - 1700 Hours (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
  • 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 1 (Wednesday) - July 31 (Friday)

Art by Tonya Butcher

  • Tonya Butcher is a self-taught portrait artist working with several medium to include; watercolor, soft pastel, charcoal, metal point and clay. Tonya enjoys creating one of-a-kind pieces of both people and animals, capturing the beauty of the spirit in a classical realism style. She is inspired by the beloved old masters, such as Michelangelo and Degas. Tonya has captured the essence of love and companionship in this beautiful equine charcoal drawing.
  • For interviews or to learn more about the artist and the suite of work, please contact the artist directly:
  • The gallery is located at 310 Mill Street Street
  • See their site for details

“True Love”, Charcoal Drawing, 16 x 20 by Tonya Butcher

July 7 (Tuesday)

  • The Cock and Bowl is having their first Chicken & Waffles Night of the month!
    • From 1600 Hours to 2200 Hours (4:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
    •  Their delicious breaded boneless chicken breast, served perched atop a fresh baked waffle, and slathered in OMG-level creamy sausage gravy.  It's an institution!
    • All give a big sigh with happiness the whole meal through.
    • Get it while there is still time!  When it is gone, it is gone!
  • Another action packed Town Hall meeting at 1900 Hours (7:00 PM)

July 7 (Tuesday) - August 3 (Monday)

The Third Dimension

  • An exhibit featuring
    • Silver, bronze and gold jewelry by Sherry Chaples of Springfield , VA
    • Carved eggshells by Tina Kannapel of Fairfax, VA and
    • Photography by Sandy Thunker of Gainesville, 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

“Rhodes, Greece 02” by Sandy Thunker – Photography “Eagle” by Tina Kannapel – Carved Emu Egg Fine Silver, 24K Gold, Astrophillite Pendant  by Sherry Chaples

July 7 (Tuesday) - August 2 (Sunday)

Expressive Impressions
Paintings by Lynn Martin

  • Expressive Impressions features original paintings by Northern Virginia artist, Lynn Martin, in her first featured artist show at The Loft Gallery in Occoquan, VA.
  •  The show theme, Expressive Impressions, reflects Lynn’s adventurous approaches to painting a variety of subjects in acrylic, watercolor and multiple media.  
  • The works include canine, avian and other subjects developed in Lynn’s expressive style, that integrates emphasis on color, line and texture.   
  • Lynn joined The Loft Gallery last fall. She applies both traditional and experimental approaches in her art, and draws inspiration from nature, travel, pets and animals, and everyday experiences. Lynn has also done pen and ink scientific illustration. 
  • Her work has been exhibited in numerous juried shows in the area.
  • Websites where examples of her work can be viewed include The Loft Gallery and the Springfield Art Guild.
  • The Loft Gallery is open
    • Tuesday - Friday 1100 Hours - 1600 Hours (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
    • Saturday 1100 Hours to 1700 Hours (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
    • Sunday 1200 Hours - 1700 Hours (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

“Liberty”, 16x20, Acrylic on Canvas “Havin’ a Ball”, 16 x 20, Acrylic on canvas

July 11 (Saturday)

  • The Loft Gallery is hosting a Meet the Artist Reception
    • From 1300 Hours to 1600 Hours (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
    • Meet gifted artist Lynn Martin
    • The Loft Gallery is open
      • Tuesday - Friday 1100 Hours - 1600 Hours (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
      • Saturday 1100 Hours to 1700 Hours (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
      • Sunday 1200 Hours - 1700 Hours (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

July 14 (Tuesday) - July 26 (Sunday)

  • Off the Beading Path is hosting the XAZ Bead Trunk Show
    • XAZ Beads are one of their favorites!
    • Pottery artist Amy Mealy will be sending them some of her latest Raku beads and pendants for your creating.
    • Come get first picks!

July 14 (Tuesday)

  • Off the Beading Path is hosting UFO's and Open Beading
    • From 1200 Hours to 1500 Hours (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
    • Have any unfinished beading projects (ufo's) or having trouble getting started on a new project? Join them for some creative and cooperative help.
  • The Cock and Bowl is having their Chicken & Waffles Night!
    • From 1600 Hours to 2200 Hours (4:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
    •  Their delicious breaded boneless chicken breast, served perched atop a fresh baked waffle, and slathered in OMG-level creamy sausage gravy.  It's an institution!
    • All give a big sigh with happiness the whole meal through.
    • Get it while there is still time!  When it is gone, it is gone!
  • Planning Commission Meeting at 18:45 Hours (6:45 PM) at Town Hall
  • Architectural Review Board Meeting at 1900 Hours (7:00 PM) at Town Hall

July 17 (Saturday) - July 19 (Monday)

  • Personally Yours is having a 23/30 Anniversary Sale!
    • July 17th 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    • July 18th 10:00am - 6:00pm
    • July 19th 11:00am - 5:00pm
    • Help Personally Yours celebrate it's 23rd year in Occoquan and 30th year in business at their new location, 402 Mill Street. 
    • Spin the wheel for discounts up to 30% off.
    • Sample their latest food finds and register for door prizes. 
    • Don't miss it! 

July 18 (Saturday) & July 19 (Sunday)

  • Occoquan shops are hosting a 2 day sale.
  • Lots of unique finds, great sale prices, refreshing lemonade and lemon treats to keep you going.
  •  Look for yellow balloons in front of participating shops.

July 18 (Saturday)

  • The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery in Historic Occoquan is hosting a Meet the Artists Reception
    • from 1300 Hours to 1700 Hours (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • The featured artists for July will be
      • Eggshell carver Tina Kannapel, who uses a high speed drill to create delicate and beautiful eggshells;
      • Sherry Chaples, who uses precious metal clay to create beautiful silver, gold and bronze jewelry; and
      • Sandy Thunker, who turns her photographs into 3D images.
    • 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
  • Art a La Carte is hosting a reception for the very talented Tonya Butcher
    • From 1500 Hours to 1800 Hours (3:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
    • Tonya Butcher is a self-taught portrait artist working with watercolor, soft pastel, charcoal, metal point and clay. Tonya enjoys creating one of-a-kind pieces of both people and animals, capturing the beauty of the spirit in a classical realism style. She is inspired by the beloved old masters.
    • The gallery is located at 310 Mill Street
    • See their site for details

July 28 (Tuesday)

  • Off the Beading Path is hosting UFO's anad Open Beading
    • From 1200 Hours to 1500 Hours (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
    • Have any unfinished beading projects (ufo's) or having trouble getting started on a new project? Join them for some creative and cooperative help.

August 1 (Saturday) - August 31 (Monday)

Birds of Prey

  • Jack Nevitt has been a nature photographer since the early 1970s. His photo of a Cormorant Wing was on the cover of the National Wildlife Magazine in Dec 2012. He's also published by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, Time Life Magazine, Loudoun Magazine and other publications.
  • For interviews or to learn more about the artist and the suite of work, please contact the artist directly:
  • The gallery is located at 310 Mill Street
  • See their site for details

Osprey Wings by Jack Nevitt

August 4 (Tuesday) - September 6 (Sunday)

OLD TOWNS OF TODAY
Original pencil drawings by Janet Flickinger

  • Old Towns of Today reflects scenes from old towns in Northern Virginia. Janet's style of drawing is highly detailed and realistic. She likes to capture life as she sees it today.
  • The Loft Gallery is open
    • Tuesday - Friday 1100 Hours - 1600 Hours (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
    • Saturday 1100 Hours to 1700 Hours (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
    • Sunday 1200 Hours - 1700 Hours (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

“Loft Gallery”, 10 x 14, Pencil on paper “Coffee House”, 16 x 6, Pencil on paper

August 8 (Saturday)

  • The Loft Gallery is hosting a Meet the Artist Reception
    • From 1300 Hours to 1600 Hours (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
    • Meet artist Janet Flickinger
    • The Loft Gallery is open
      • Tuesday - Friday 1100 Hours - 1600 Hours (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
      • Saturday 1100 Hours to 1700 Hours (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
      • Sunday 1200 Hours - 1700 Hours (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

August 29 (Saturday)

  • Art a La Carte is hosting a reception for nature photographer Jack Nevitt
    • From 1300 Hours to 1700 Hours (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • Jack Nevitt has been a nature photographer since the early 1970s. His photo of a Cormorant Wing was on the cover of the National Wildlife Magazine in Dec 2012. He's also published by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, Time Life Magazine, Loudoun Magazine and other publications
    • The gallery is located at 310 Mill Street
    • See their site for details

 

 

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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




Hair Studio 14

The Prince William Art Society, Inc.

Off the Beading Path

Occoquan Craft Show

Lorton Valley Star Newspaper

 
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