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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.

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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

 

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
    • 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.
  • 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).

April 7 (Tuesday) - May 3 (Sunday)

"My Song"
Featuring paintings by talented Jan E. Moffatt

  • My Song celebrates Moffatt's passion for landscape painting. "Painting is My Song…it is the music of my life.  Painting carries me away to places remembered or dreamt," she explains.
  • New paintings from two popular series— The American Farm Collection and The Blue Door Collection as well as lavender fields, beaches, wetlands, and Ireland will be featured.
  • Moffatt has shown at The Loft Gallery since 1991. This is her 16th solo show. She is an award-winning painter and has exhibited in many juried and solo shows in the DC metro area. In 2012 she was honored to be selected as a Visiting Artist at The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria VA.  
  • You can always see her work at The Loft Gallery and in her adjoining studio in The Loft Art Center. To learn more about Jan and her work, visit her website
  • 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)

“Cotswold Lavender Fields” 18x24 Acrylic on canvas by Jan E. MOffatt “Morning Glory, American Farm Collection ” 24x24 Acrylic on canvas by Jan E. Moffatt

April 7 (Tuesday) - May 4 (Monday)

"PRIMAVERA"
Featuring artists: Anne Jordan and Steve Myles

  • Featuring stunning Copper Works by Anne Jordan of Fairfax, VA and Oil Paintings by Steve Myles of Oakton, 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

“Roses in Vase” by Anne Jordan – Copper, Glass “Spring Rush” by Steve Myles – Oil on Canvas “Salt Marsh Morning” by Steve Myles – Oil on Canvas “Hosta in Log” by Anne Jordan – Copper, Patina and Log

April 18 (Saturday)

  • VFW Yard Sale
    • From 0800 Hours - 1600 Hours (08:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
    • A fundraiser for Veterans sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Post.
    • Lots of clothes, household goods and  knick knacks.
  • Red Art & Design is offering a Painting Class on a Riverboat
    • From 09:15 Hours to 12:30 Hours (09:15 AM - 12:30 PM)
    • Enjoy the morning on the Occoquan River with an acrylic painting class aboard the Miss Rivershore.  They will be focusing on painting water views. 
    • All supplies are included and you will leave with a completed 16x20 work of art. 
    • Cost is $55.
  • River Shore Charters is offering tours of the Occoquan
    • Between 1200 Hours till 1700 Hours (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

April 19 (Sunday)

  • 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.

April 21 (Tuesday)

  • 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!

April 22 (Wednesday)

  • The Cock and Bowl is having Mussels & Frites!
    • All Day!
    • Mussels, Mariniere, & Frites just $14
    • Best deal in town while they last!  When it is gone, it is gone!

April 25 (Saturday)

  • Reilly Law, PLC and Safe Harbor Financial Advisors is offering Pastries and Peace of Mind
    • From 09:30 Hours till 11:00 Hours (09:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
    • Reilly Law, PLC and Safe Harbor Financial Advisors present a Saturday morning four part no-cost/no-obligation educational seminar series at Occoquan Town Hall.
    •  Come to one or all sessions.
    • Refreshments and Occoquan-themed gifts for all attendees.
    • Reservations required.
    • More information on the topics and other details is available at their Seminar site.
  • 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

April 26 (Sunday)

  • 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.

April 28 (Tuesday)

  • 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!

April 29 (Wednesday)

  • The Cock and Bowl is having Mussels & Frites!
    • All Day!
    • Mussels, Mariniere, & Frites just $14
    • Best deal in town while they last!  When it is gone, it is gone!

May 1 (Friday)

  • Art a La Carte is hosting Beaded Animals
    • From 1200 Hours to 1600 Hours (12:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
    • Artist of the Month – Pam Troutman of Star*Art Jewelry celebrates May with her beaded animals collection.  
    • Come see bead embroidered dragons and elephants, necklaces with birds and insects, a beaded wire robin sculpture, beaded lanyards with dogs, cats and other critters, plus more.
  • Off the Beating Path is hosting a FAB Friday Quick Class
    • From 1400 Hours - 1700 Hours (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • String together a quick but classy bracelet for mom, grandma, or your favorite aunt using glass pearls and glass "birthstone" pearls.
    • Just in time for Mother's Day!
    • Walk-in class, no reservations required.
    • $10 per project includes supplies.

May 2 (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

May 3 (Sunday)

  • Red Art & Design is having a Mom & Me Paint Party!
    • From 13:00 Hours to 15:00 Hours (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
    • Spend the afternoon making art with Mom.  All supplies are included and you will have a completed painting she can hang with pride. 
    • The cost is $20 per canvas, you can work on a painting together or each make one of your own.   
  • 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.

May 5 (Tuesday) - May 31 (Sunday)

"Escapes: Near and Far"
Paintings by Jackie Perry

  • Jackie Perry’s new featured show at the Loft Gallery was inspired by travels around our country, Ireland, Italy and Spain.  Vistas encompassing castles, Ferris wheels, spectacular mountains, pastoral farm houses and fields of flowers are presented on canvas and on paper under glass.  All the paintings invite the viewer to escape through these examples of Jackie’s impressionistic and edgy style.  
  • As a local artist of Virginia, Jackie Perry’s paintings have been on exhibit at the Loft Gallery since 2009.  She has exhibited in many juried shows with an award at the Waterford Art Exhibit 2014 and a People’s Choice award through Springfield Art Guild 2015.  Websites to view more paintings are the Springfield Art Guild and The Loft Gallery.   In addition, Jackie’s paintings can be seen in the Dare County Art Council’s Gallery in Manteo. NC.
  • 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)

“Capital Wheel, National Harbor, MD”, 20 x 16, Acrylic on Paper “The Blarney Castle, Ireland”, 20 x 16, Acrylic on Paper

May 5 (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)

May 6 (Wednesday)

  • The Cock and Bowl is having Mussels & Frites!
    • All Day!
    • Mussels, Mariniere, & Frites just $14
    • Best deal in town while they last!  When it is gone, it is gone!

“Colorado Morning” painting by Steven Myles (Artists’ Undertaking Gallery) 16” x 20” “Iris Garden” painting by Jane Ernst (Artists’ Undertaking Gallery) 20” x 24” “Journey” mixed media by Danielle E. Rush (Red Art & Design) 16” x 20” “Cotswold Lavender” painting by Jan Moffatt (The Loft Gallery) 18” x 24”

“Sit and Vibe” mixed media by Amanda Bennett (Red Art & Design) 11” x 14” “Vase” painting by Janis McMahon (Red Art & Design) 12” x 36” “VW Bus” painting by Lydia Jechorek (The Loft Gallery) 20” x 24”

May 9 (Saturday)

  • Reilly Law, PLC and Safe Harbor Financial Advisors is offering Pastries and Peace of Mind
    • From 09:30 Hours till 11:00 Hours (09:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
    • Reilly Law, PLC and Safe Harbor Financial Advisors present a Saturday morning four part no-cost/no-obligation educational seminar series at Occoquan Town Hall.
    •  Come to one or all sessions.
    • Refreshments and Occoquan-themed gifts for all attendees.
    • Reservations required.
    • More information on the topics and other details is available at their Seminar site.
  • 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 on the Block
    • From 1300 Hours to 1700 Hours (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • Over 60 local artists will be participating in “Art on the Block” in Historic Occoquan, VA
    •  Enjoy watching artists while they work
    • Partake in receptions at each of the galleries
    • Sign up for special drawings
    • Visit and meet the artists at these participating galleries:  
  • Off the Beating Path is hosting a Meet the Artist
    • From 1400 Hours - 1800 Hours (2:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
    • Join them as they we welcome local glass artist Mimi Vellek for a glass bead and pendant trunk show.
    • Mimi's work always delights and is perfect for anyone from the novice to advanced jewelry maker. 
  • 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

May 10 (Sunday)

  • 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.

May 12 (Tuesday)

  • 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

May 16 (Saturday)

  • Reilly Law, PLC and Safe Harbor Financial Advisors is offering Pastries and Peace of Mind
    • From 09:30 Hours till 11:00 Hours (09:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
    • Reilly Law, PLC and Safe Harbor Financial Advisors present a Saturday morning four part no-cost/no-obligation educational seminar series at Occoquan Town Hall.
    •  Come to one or all sessions.
    • Refreshments and Occoquan-themed gifts for all attendees.
    • Reservations required.
    • More information on the topics and other details is available at their Seminar site.
  • 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

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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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