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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.

Read about the current masthead celebrating  the Historic Occoquan Chocolate Walk

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Barrington Pointe Condominium

Historic Occoquan Community Events
for this month & Beyond

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


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....

Historic Occoquan Theatre

 Own a piece of the Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show

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
  • 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).
    • Free Chalky Painting Mini-Class
      • With any paintable purchase, receive small jar of TPS Chalky Paint w/brush and quick lesson. TPSCP is UV–protected for indoor or outdoor items. Available are mirrors, frames, baskets, architectural cast-iron and tin stars, shelves, wall art, candlesticks, bowls and (yes!) more— all from just $7.00! 
    • Drop in Upcycling & Restoration Clinics
      • There's always something new going on!
      • Drop in (7 days 12 - 5pm) to get a list of current offerings. 
      • Groups of 15+ possible w/ tea room.
      • All clinics are just $10 to $15 per (+tea if applicable) and most include all supplies and your finished item(s).

Historic Occoquan products can be found at Spriral Creations

January 3 (Tuesday) - February 6 (Monday)

Turning Over A New Leaf

  • The  exhibit features rare and unique works of art that include: 
    • Colored Pencil Drawings by David Cochran of Alexandria, VA, and
    • Jewelry by Tyler Kulenguski of Annandale, 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

“Caladiums” by David Cochran – Colored Pencil Drawing “Monica’s Mantis” by David Cochran – Colored Pencil Drawing “Pendant – 1” by Tyler Kulenguski - Jewelry “Pendant – 2” by Tyler Kulenguski - Jewelry

Little Free Library at 204 Union Street

January 28 (Saturday) - March 4 (Saturday)

Celebrating 31 Year of Art

  • The Annual One-of-a-Kind Sale begins on Saturday, January 28 and continues through Sunday, March 4th. 
  • A customer favorite, this once-a-year Inventory Sale features original art at 10-70% off original prices.
  • For further information call The Loft Gallery 703-490-1117.
  • The Loft Gallery is located at 313 Mill Street, Occoquan VA and 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)

Historic Occoquan Tidbit: New article by Leo Smith

February 1 ( Wednesday) - February 28 (Tuesday)

Chocolate Walk!

  • Fire up your passion for art, and get ready for Valentine’s day with some amazing handmade art!
  • The featured artist, Ruth Ensley will host a reception on Saturday, February 11 from 1-5 pm with wine, and refreshments.   
    • Ruth is an award winning artist, creating art professionally since 1966 in a broad range of media including collage, batik, mixed media, photography, jewelry, and currently watercolor.   She has been featured in numerous solo and group shows in Binational Centers, galleries, private collections and  exhibits in the United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Madagascar, Mexico, Honduras, Paraguay and Costa Rica. In 2010 Ruth began once again to exhibit in group and solo shows in Virginia and Maryland.  
    •  My subjects have ranged from non-objective designs, people, landscapes, birds of different colors including birds and chickens with an attitude, to flora and fauna with an exotic flavor.  I have spent over 12 years in tropical countries five of which were in Costa Rica.  I became enthralled with the lush greens of tropical foliage and the vibrant colors of exotic birds and flowers.  The media of watercolor allows me to show the beautiful transparencies, textures and the luxuriant color that one might see in a cloud forest or a rain forest.  I  have always been inspired by birds exotic or otherwise.  They  make my heart sing. I hold the hope that my paintings aid in focusing on what would be lost because of the shrinking forests of the world and the unique creatures that live within these forests.  I strive to show my interpretations of what I see and feel as I view these tropical treasures.
  • ART A La Carte, an artist-owned cooperative gallery and gift boutique, opened August 1, 2010.  It showcases the work of 26 top artists producing a kaleidoscope of gift items including photography, original fine art and prints, one-of-a-kind glass items, jewelry, wood work and textiles. Artists are juried and selected for their edgy vision that compliments the personality of the gallery.
  • Gallery Hours: 11:00 Hours to 17:00 Hours (11:00 AM to 5:00 PM) 7 days a week

MACAW IN THE CLOUD FORES, Watercolor, 22” x 30”

February 3 (Friday)

February 7 (Tuesday)

  • Another action packed Town Hall meeting starting at 1900 Hours (7:00 PM)
    • Open your wallets and lock down your property... go see what they are up to at Town Hall.

February 11 ( Saturday)

  • Its that time of year again for the Annual Historic Occoquan Chocolate Walk!
    • From 11:00 Hours to 16:00 Hours (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
    • Enjoy grazing through town tasting Chocolate Goodies. 
    • Over 35 shops participating. 
    • Register for a Chance to win a necklace of fresh water dyed Chocolate Pearls. 
    • No purchase necessary.
  • Art A La Carte is hosting an Artist Reception for their talented and gifted artist Ruth Ensley!
    • From 12:00 Hours to 16:30 Hours (12:00 PM - 4:30 PM)
    • Fantastic opportunity to meet Ruth, who is a member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, the Springfield Art Guild, the Vienna Arts Society, the Virginia Watercolor Society and part of the  Art A La Carte Gallery in Occoquan, VA.
    • ART A La Carte, an artist-owned cooperative gallery and gift boutique, opened August 1, 2010.  It showcases the work of 26 top artists producing a kaleidoscope of gift items including photography, original fine art and prints, one-of-a-kind glass items, jewelry, wood work and textiles. Artists are juried and selected for their edgy vision that compliments the personality of the gallery.
    • Gallery Hours: 11:00 Hours to 17:00 Hours (11:00 AM to 5:00 PM) 7 days a week

February 17 (Friday) - February 20 (Monday)

  • The Golden Goose is having a George Washington Birthday Sale!
    • 40% off Selected Byers’ Choice Carolers
    • 40% off Selected Possible Dreams Santas
    • 40% off Selected Fontanini Figures
    • 40% off Selected Décor Items
    • 50% off Retired Dept. 56 Village Buildings, Accessories and Retired Snowbabies
    • See their website for details

The Hampton Inn by Hilton of Historic Occoquan

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Hawthorne House

Jerry's Occoquan Jewelers

The Golden Goose

River Shore Charters

Glory Be

Artist Undertaking Gallery

Artaville Rugs

Sincerely Yours Stained Glass Studio

Spinaweb - Specialty weaving in Occoquan

Elements of Occoquan - Fun and Wacky

Spiral Creations

Union Street Guitar Works

Haunted Occoquan Tours

Fetch Pet Bakery

The Preservation Station

Hair Studio 14

Personally Yours

Art A La Carte

The Prince William Art Society, Inc.

The Cock and Bowl

Occoquan Craft Show

Lorton Valley Star Newspaper