Town of Occoquan

The town of Occoquan has survived and thrived. Today, it is a restored artists' community, with shops, outdoor dining, ghost walks, a town boat dock and more. A number of structures in town, including many in the downtown commercial area, are part of the Occoquan Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Rockledge, the former house of the town's founder, is also listed as a significant structure on the NRHP.

 

The population was 759 at the 2000 census, but as of the census of 2010, there were 934 people residing in the town of Occoquan. The current mayor is Earnest "Earnie" Porta, who was first elected in 2006, and won re-election in 2008.

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Hours

Tourist information center open 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 

Mill House Museum open 11:00am-4:00pm Daily

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

The town and the local Mill House Museum have no fees. 

History

The name "Occoquan" is derived from an Algonquian Doeg Indian word, meaning "at the end of the water". Located on the Occoquan River, Occoquan was long a site of indigenous peoples' habitation. Like the British colonists after them, they relied on the river for transportation and trade, as well as fish.

By 1765, Anglo-American colonists had established an industrial settlement at Occoquan, with grist mills and tobacco warehouses. The Merchant's Mill was the first automated grist mill in the nation. It operated for 175 years until destroyed by fire.

During the Civil War, the post office passed letters and packages between North and South. River silting reduced ship traffic to Occoquan and ended its days as a port, as did the shift in traffic to railroads.

The town has survived and thrived. Today, it is a restored artists' community, with shops, outdoor dining, ghost walks, a town boat dock and more. A number of structures in town, including many in the downtown commercial area, are part of the Occoquan Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Rockledge, the former house of the town's founder, is also listed as a significant structure on the NRHP.

Activities

  • Mill House Museum
  • Special community events
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Farmers Market
  • Boating
  • Community Park

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