Occoquan Travel Guide

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Occoquan Things to Do

  • Historic Occoquan

    Some of the earliest business in Occoquan was King Carter's landing where copper and tobacco were shipped down the river. Later John Ballendine built the mill and Rockledge Mansion on the west edge of town. Nathaniel Ellicott took over the mill, established the town in 1804, and set up one of the first toll crossings of the Occoquan, making it a...

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  • Civil War in Occoquan

    During the Civil War, the main road between Alexandria and Fredericksburg passed through Occoquan. A pontoon bridge, built in 1863 by Union forces, provided the north's route over the river, while the river was also often forded. On 19 December 1862, Occoquan saw military action as Confederate cavalry under JEB Stuart and Wade Hampton captured some...

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  • Occoquan River and Wharves

    The Occoquan's old wharves were located on the river right at the center of town. Today this area is known as Mamie Davis Park, and it provides access to the river walk and docks. Next to this historic site are modern buildings that look like expensive new apartments or condos on the water. Across the street is the VFW.A plaque at the site of the...

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  • Potomac Nationals at G. Richard Pfitzner...

    The Potomac Nationals -- or P-Nats (Pee Gnats?) -- are the Washington Nationals' A-level team that plays about 20 miles south of the city in Woodbridge, Virginia. Their home field is called G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium and it is located in the suburbs of Northern Virginia. We saw the Lynchburg Hillcats (Pittsburgh Pirates A affiliate) play the...

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  • Hammill Hotel - Occoquan

    Hammill Hotel stands at the corner of Union and Commerce Streets in historic Occoquan. This building, constructed in 1804, is the oldest brick structure in Occoquan. During the Civil War, Confederate General Wade Hampton established his brigade headquarters here in the winter of 1862.A sign in front of the old hotel building reads:Old Hammill...

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  • Prince William County Liberty Memorial

    Like many other communities throughout America, Prince William County was directly touched by the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. Twenty two Americans from this suburban county died that day, most 20 miles north at the Pentagon. In 2006 the county created a memorial to honor the victims of this terrible crime. It consists of a...

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  • Rockledge Mansion - Occoquan

    Rockledge is a beautiful stone mansion that sits on the west side of town just across the street from Ellicott's Mill. It was constructed by John Ballendine around 1757, just a few years after he built the mill. This house and the mill existed almost 50 years before the town was laid out by Ellicott.Rockledge is a popular spot for weddings and...

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  • Ellicott's Mill - Occoquan

    Occoquan's first mill was established in 1755 by John Ballendine, who also constructed the Rockledge mansion directly across the street during the same time period. Later the mill was run by Nathaniel Ellicott, who also, in 1797, built the first toll bridge over the Occoquan River near the mill. and, in 1804, laid out the town of Occoquan. This...

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  • Prince William Forest Park

    10 miles (16 km) south of Occoquan is a very nice forested area perfect for hiking and camping. Run by the National Park Service, Prince William Forest Park has a wide variety of hiking trails for all levels of fitness. It's a pleasant diversion from the bustle inside "the Beltway."Entry fee is $5 per vehicle per week. An annual pass for the Park...

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  • Strolling Around Town

    If it's a nice day, take advantage of the opportunity to wander around. Admire the architecture and unique designs. Window shop, or if you're feeling bold and/or rich, go inside the shops and buy something.

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  • Mini-Waterfall

    Across the stream from town is a nice little waterfall. There are nice walking paths around the area as well. If you like, you can walk right above the waterfall and look down -- but be aware this is a popular "make-out" area, so be careful not to disturb anyone. ;)

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  • Historic Occoquan

    After the damage from Hurricane Agnes in 1972, the town had to be reproduced to reflect its original glory. Besides the colonial style architecture, there is plenty to do here from shopping, antiquing, fine dining, water sport, and people watching. It seems rather artsy from the outside, but go into town, meet the folks. They're artsy without being...

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Occoquan Restaurants

  • True Southern cusine..

    I love this place..so original, so warm, and so authentic. The ghost story absolutely fascinates me to no end. The food is simplistic, but perfect in presentation and taste. The menu was hard to choose from as they have designed it to fit the tastes of the Metro DC populace.

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  • Great Place to dock your boat and party.

    The star rating is for the food and service only. I bet "Tim's" is an awesome place to come and party at, but only if I live right down the road, as the drive is a bit much during the day, due to back road driving along a railroad track, and I can't imagine what it would be like at night after several drinks, OR if I have a boat with a pilot doing...

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  • Cheap Eats

    I love old historic buildings, and especially one's that house restaurants. The owner's also own the Occoquan Inn, which has a ghost, and is right next door. In the summer time or nice weather time, you can sit outside and eat on the river. My daughter and I ate there last week, October 30th, 2009, for breakfast. Was it the best?? No. Was it...

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  • Tim's Rivershore Restaurant & Crabhouse...

    Tim's Rivershore Restaurant ... half the fun is getting there!For game seven of the Stanley Cup finals, we decided to meet at a friend's house in the Dumfries/Woodbridge area to watch the game. I had heard of a great crabshack in the area called Tim's Rivershore, so I offered to find this restaurant and bring dinner.We plugged the address into our...

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  • Tim's Rivershore Restaurant & Crabhouse...

    Tim's Rivershore Restaurant ... half the fun is getting there!For game seven of the Stanley Cup finals, we decided to meet at a friend's house in the Dumfries/Woodbridge area to watch the game. I had heard of a great crabshack in the area called Tim's Rivershore, so I offered to find this restaurant and bring dinner.We plugged the address into our...

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  • Great views, nice interior

    This restaurant has been around for a bit. It used to be CC's if I recall correctly. The location, the view, the interior/exterior are awesome. Too bad they didn't know I was coming to visit. What a horrid experience, and the food was disgusting. I was so disappointed because I so wanted this to be the place for me and my family to come to as "our...

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Occoquan Transportation

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    Outside  Vinters Haven

    by zanzooni Written Dec 25, 2004

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    Walk...that's what you do when you are here...it's a small community, no need to drive, nor ride a bike. There's too much to look at for any other type of transport. Shop after shop.

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Occoquan Shopping

  • Tuscany in Occoquan

    Handpainted furniture, gifts & accessories for home & garden, pine farm tables & furniture. Anything eclectic. Hmmm..another pricy shoppe.

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  • SOfa Devine!

    This is a great little boutique in Occoquan and one of my all time favorite places to shop. Everything is so well put together. The store is charming and has a very eclectic selection. They offer a variety of unique housewares, sofas, farm tables, other furniture, jewelry, gardening, home accents and gifts. I would describe their style as a modern...

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  • Baskets and Gifts for All Occasions

    Dynamic Baskets & Gifts is a small gift shop on the second floor of the wooden Riverwalk edifice on Occoquan's main drag, Mill Street. The staff is very friendly and helpful and will sell you premade gift baskets or help you custom build one for someone you like, love, or work with. You can buy floral arrangements (not my style), fruit baskets,...

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Occoquan Local Customs

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    Occoquant Craft Fair: June, 2005

    by b1bob Updated Jun 15, 2006

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    Twice yearly (in June and September), the town hosts a craft fair. The streets (the main drag- Mill Street- and the side roads) are jam-packed primarily with craft booths with everything from wood carvings, scented soaps, NASCAR memorabilia, and art. The June, 2005 craft show was well attended despite the heat more typical of July or August than of early June.

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Occoquan Tourist Traps

  • Belgique Gourmande

    We had considered popping in here for dessert after walking about the little historic town of Occoquan. See, we sometimes like to pop in expensive places for dessert or an appetiser to get all the atmosphere and get a little something good to eat without paying an arm and a leg. However, the sign says you have to order a full meal in order to be...

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  • Overpriced Virginia Wines...

    This wine seller specializes in Virgina winery's supposed finest. The day that Denise and I were there, we tasted a Merlot..and it was god awful..bitter, and made us both want to brush our teeth or at least chew gum. The best part of this bargain, was the wine went for about $22.00 a bottle..Now I know that I can get a good french or Cali Cabernet...

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Occoquan Off The Beaten Path

  • The little park by the river...

    If you scoot down behind the gazebo that you will see across from the Visitor's Center, there's a small little park where you can walk out on to a small pier where the boats dock to eat at Sea & Sea's. Here you can view the muddy, murky Occaquan River, watch the traffic coming and going to I95, and view the hot construction workers who hang off the...

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  • Do check out the shops as you never...

    There's so much to look at down here but you need to take time and go in to the local shops and browse. Some of the businesses have been around for several, good long years.

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  • Free Samples

    You don't see it very often at festival booths, but there were some free samples offered at the Craft Fair and both examples were right across the road from one another on Union Street. The first one was jelly samples at Vickie's Jelly Jar. They traveled all the way from Virginia Beach to pitch their tent here. They had a range of jelly flavours...

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  • All manner of food

    There was all manner of food to be had at the Craft Fair. They offered everything from Philadelphia-styled cheese steaks, hot dogs, hamburgers, curly fries, lemonade, smoothies, crab cake sandwiches, Italian sausages, and even specialty soft drinks. Despite all this cuisine-de-fun fair, Lee and I decided to take a late lunch at a sit-down...

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  • Wild Bill's Olde Fashioned Soda Pop Co.

    Most vendors at the Craft Fair set up shop in tents. These folks had something that looked like a wagon from the wild west. They not only offered unique flavours but they served them in 32-ounce collectible mugs. No doubt, on that hot day, that drink wagon was busy.

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