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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 this month's two row masthead celebrating the Yuletide Season.

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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

 

Historic Occoquan Event Application

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.
  • The Coffee House of Occoquan is continuing their sale this month - Up to 50% and more off on selected items!
  • 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).

November 1 (Saturday) - April 1st (Wednesday)

  • The Yarn cloud is having a Hats (and other warm things) Drive for the Homeless
  • Their Hats4Homeless Project is a winter-long drive.  There is no particular specifications of what you must knit or crochet.  They accept handmade items that will warm the body including blankets, scarves and mittens.   They are very appreciative in advance for your generosity.

November 4 (Tuesday) - December 30 (Tuesday)

Holiday Treasures: Annual Small Works and Miniatures Show

  • New this year, Holiday Treasures will feature small original art work by 21 local artists suitable for gift giving in addition to miniatures on paper and canvas, and in photography, glass, clay, and bronze.
  • The Loft Gallery is located at 313 Mill Street in the heart of Historic Occoquan and is open on: Tuesday-Friday 1100 Hours - 1600 Hours (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
    • Saturday 1100 Hours - 1700 Hours (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
    • Sunday 1200 Hours - 1700 Hours (Noon - 5:00 PM)
    • For more information, contact the gallery at703-490-1117

December 1 (Monday) - December 31 (Wednesday)

  • The Preservation Station is hosting a Little Free Library Book Drive!
    • All month, you can donate a gently used book to the Little Free Library and receive a Virginia Red Cedar and Lavender Sachet.
    • Doggies welcome; Fetch treats and fresh water always available.
    • Our new Etsy store is just opening; it's called Seek On and as 'insiders' your price will always be lower with pickup!
  • Off the Beading Path is accepting Tree of Hope Donations
    • This is your opportunity to support the Hilda M. Barg Homeless Prevention Program.
    • Make a donation and an ornament will be placed on the Tree of Hope at Town Hall showing your support.
    • Proceeds benefit the program's year round 30-bed shelter for families and single adults offering comprehensive services including case management, job readiness, mental health counseling and medical referrals.
  • The L @ Gifts4All is having a 20% off December Sale!
    • 20 percent off of everything in the L @ Gifts4All room only, not in the main room as you walk in. Coming soon mini fairy gardens!

December 2 (Tuesday) - January 5 (Monday)

"ART OF THE SEASON" - OPEN HOUSE & GROUP SHOW

  • The artists of the Artists’ Undertaking Gallery invite you to their December Open House.  Meet the artists and enjoy their December Group Show
    • 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

“Rooster Sculpture” by Anne Jordan, Fairfax, VA (copper work) “Salt Marsh at Chincoteague” by Steve Myles, Oakton, VA (oil painting) “A Snowy Day in Occoquan” by David Ernst, Springfield, VA (photography/digital painting) “Hickory Bowl” by Bob Horowitz, Falls Church, VA (turned wood) “Yellowstone Elk Trail” by Anne Pearson, Fairfax Station, VA (oil painting)

“Diana & Apollo Seeking Asylum” by Roger Frey, Woodbridge, VA (acrylic painting) “Snowbird Cardinal” by Gerry Gantt, Fairfax, VA (photography) “5 Inch Blue Vase” by Sherri Johnson, Fairfax, VA (hand built pottery) “Christmas Tree” by Tina Kannapel, Fairfax, VA (eggshell carving) “Vase” by Marianne Cordyack, Reston, VA (salt glazed pottery)

 

December 19 (Friday)

  • Off the Beading Path is having a Beading 101 class!
    • Jump start your creativity and learning with their Beading 101 class.
    • Learn bead stringing and earring basics and all the professional finishing techniques.
    • Call to register.

December 20 (Saturday)

  • Caroling in Historic Occoquan
  • 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

December 21 (Sunday)

  • River Shore Charters is offering rides to Tim's Rivershore
    • Departure is at 10:15 hours (10:15 AM) and returns from Tim's at 14:45 hours (2:45 PM)
    • This ride departs from the Town Wharf
    • Cost $30 adults, child $15
    • Reservations Required
  • 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.

December 23 (Tuesday)

  • The Cock and Bowl is having their famous Chicken & Waffles Night!
    • From 1600 Hours to 2100 Hours (4:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
    • Their delicious breaded boneless chicken breast, served perched atop a fresh baked waffle, and slathered in OMG-level creamy sausage gravy is yes, and institution!
    • With a little maple syrup or without, all sigh with happiness the whole meal through.
    • It doesn't last all night.  When it is gone, it is gone!

December 24 (Wednesday)

  • The Cock and Bowl is having their Mussels, Frites, and Brew
    • All Day - Every Wednesday
    • Mussels Mariniere & frites, just $14.
    • Best deal in town! 

December 26 (Friday) - December 30 (Tuesday)

  • Golden Goose After Christmas Sale!
    • Retired Department 56 Villages and Snowbabies in stock on sale at 50% off ticket price. 
    •  Selected Tree Ornaments and Home Decor items 40% off ticket price.

December 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

December 28 (Sunday)

  • River Shore Charters is offering rides to Tim's Rivershore
    • Departure is at 10:15 hours (10:15 AM) and returns from Tim's at 14:45 hours (2:45 PM)
    • This ride departs from the Town Wharf
    • Cost $30 adults, child $15
    • Reservations Required
  • 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.

December 30 (Tuesday)

  • The Cock and Bowl is having their last Chicken & Waffles Night of the year!
    • From 1600 Hours to 2100 Hours (4:00 PM - 9:00 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!

December 31 (Wednesday)

  • The Cock and Bowl is having their Mussels, Frites, and Brew
    • All Day - Every Wednesday
    • Mussels Mariniere & frites, just $14.
    • Best deal in town! 
  • New Year's Eve at Madigan's Waterfront
    • Beginning at 1600 Hours (4:00 PM)
    • New Year’s Eve Dinner to include:
      • 10 oz. Prime Rib & 8oz. Lobster Tail
        • served with soup, salad, baked potato & vegetables,
      • 1 Bottle of Korbel Champagne (per couple),
      • Party favors and entrance to party at 9:30 pm
      • $150 per couple (plus tax & gratuity)
      •  Accepting Reservations now!
  • Madigan's Waterfront is having a New Year's Eve Party
  • From 2130 Hours to Closing (9:30 PM till they close)
    • New Year’s Eve Party!! Two floors of entertainment: Kitty & The Fat Cats live, A DJ, party favors & Midnight Breakfast buffet!
    • ($20 entrance fee)

January 2 (Friday) - January 31 (Saturday)

  • The L @ Gifts4All is having a 25% off sale!
    • 25 percent off of everything in the L @ Gifts4All room only, not in the main room as you walk in. Coming soon mini fairy gardens!

January 2 (Friday)

  • FAB Friday Mini Class: Channel some Bling at Off the Beading Path!
    • From 1400 Hours to 1700 Hours (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • Drop in any time at Off the Beating Path to make a wire wrapped blingy ring.
    • No reservations needed.
    • $5 per project, includes materials.
    • Check their calendar for more Fab First Friday mini classes!

January 13 (Tuesday)

  • 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

January 18 (Sunday)

  • Madigan's Waterfront is hosting a Paint Your Own Glasses & Wine event!!
    • From 1300 Hours to 1500 Hours (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
    • Paint 4 wine glasses to take home & enjoy half a bottle of wine while you paint!
    • $35 per person.

February 7 (Saturday)

  • Art A La Carte is hosting award winning jewelry artist, Sonia O'Donnell as their Artist of the Month as she presents - The Truth About Love.
    • Reception is being held from 1300 Hours to 1700 Hours (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • Valentine’s Day is for hearts, flowers and romance, but many of us have had some relationship misfires or outright bombs, which Jewelry designer, Sonia O’Donnell, feels need to be acknowledged and released.
    • Ms. O’Donnell will present a colorful and whimsical collection of brooches, earrings and necklaces celebrating romantic love and then with a wink and a wicked touch of irony, show what happens to hearts when love goes bad.
    • Sonia O’Donnell earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island Collage in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing. She is a member of the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild, the Washington (D.C.) Guild of Goldsmiths and has been exhibiting at Art a la Carte since February, 2012.  
    • Art a la Carte is located at 310 Mill Street, Occoquan, Virginia 22125
    • Gallery Hours: 11 am-5 pm 7 days a week
    • For more information, contact the gallery at 703.496.9540

Jewelry Artist Sonia O’Donnell, ‘Hearts”

 

 

 

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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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