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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.

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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
    • Birthday Beaders: Receive a free gift with purchase 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).
  • The Preservation Station is offering drop in classes in April & May!
    • With just a bit of advance notice, choose an item to paint and finish or distress as you like.
    •  All supplies are included and you choose the color and learn how to mix your own chalk-type paint for pennies!
    • You will take your completed item home with enough paint for many other projects.
    • Just $25 to $35 per person depending upon piece chosen.
    • Just in are tin architectural stars up to a huge 24"!
    • Stop by shop for details. Open most days 12 to 5 or later.

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 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.
  • Sail Occoquan!
    • From 09:50 Hours to 1600 Hours (9:50 AM - 4:00 PM)
    • From  (09:50 Hours to 10:15 Hours (9:50 AM – 10:15 AM)
      • View a festive 10 to 12 boat parade led by a Fire Boat with traditional spraying of their water cannons.   View from Occoquan Town Boardwalk behind Madigan’s and Mamie Davis Park. 
      • Sponsored by The Occoquan River Maritime Association’s Blessing of the Fleet.
    •  From 1000 Hours to 1600 Hours (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
      • Join the Shops of Occoquan in finding and validating all eight of the marine flags spelling out OCCOQUAN and be entered in a drawing to win 4 round-trip tickets for a cruise on The Miss Rivershore valued at $120.00 – Pick up your entry form at participating shops flying red, white & blue balloons   
    • From 1100 Hours to 1600 Hours (11:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
      • Free continuous round-trip boat rides on The Miss Rivershore from the docks at Mamie Davis Park to Occoquan Regional Park.
  • 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 17 (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 24 (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 25 (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 30 (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 31 (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.

June 2 (Tuesday) - July 5 (Sunday)

The Painterly Print
Recent Monotypes by Linda Rose Larochelle

  • "The Painterly Print" features a series of monotypes by printmaker Linda Rose Larochelle. Monotypes, one of a kind images made from pressing paper onto an inked plate, allow the artist to achieve a range of tones and subtle gradations of color not possible in other printmaking forms.
  • In this show, the figurative monotypes are large and expressive with bold colors and patterns reminiscent of the Post Impressionists. Mothers and children remain a familiar theme in Larochelle's work.
  • 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)

“Close Up”, 20 x 28 monotype, ikua ink on paper “Close”, 20 x 28 monotype, ikua ink on paper

June 2 (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)

June 5 (Friday) - June 14 (Sunday)

  • The Yarn Cloud is Hosting a Metro Yarn Crawl
    • Purchase a metro yarn crawl tote and stamp card for $15 from Yarn Cloud or any of the participating stores to receive 20% Off Full-Priced yarn, fiber and patterns at metro area yarn shops. 
    • See the Metro Yarn Crawl site for Details

June 6 (Saturday) - June 7 (Sunday)

  • The Spring Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show
    • From 1000 Hours to 1800 Hours on Saturday (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
    • From 1000 Hours to 1700 Hours on Sunday (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
    • Occoquan’s Historic Streets are filled with unique Crafters from all over the U.S.  Streets are closed to Traffic – look for signs to satellite parking.
    • Continuous shuttle bus service from satellite parking at a minimal fee – children under 13 ride free.
    • Directions and Parking information available here

June 9 (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

June 20 (Saturday)

  • The Prince William Trails and Stream Coalition is hosting the 9th Annual Duck Splash.
    • Starts at1200 Hours (noon)
    • Rubber ducks will be dropped from one of the bridges in town (there are only two)
    •  It's $5 to adopt a numbered duck
    • Cash prizes are awarded for 1st through 10th place.
    • See their site to purchase tickets.
  • 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 A La Carte is hosting Birds of the Chesapeake
    • From 1200 Hours to 1800 Hours (12:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
    • Come see Artist Donna Turgeon’s 30-year retrospective of her work during the month of June.
    • She will be hosting a reception from 1400 Hours to 1800 Hours (2:00 PM -6:00 PM) for patrons, art/science colleagues, friends, and the general public.
    • Donna co-owns this gallery, home to 26 other artists of diverse talents.
  • 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

June 25 (Thursday)

  • Learn Intarsia Knitting at the Yarn Cloud!
    • Do you love working with color and incorporating motifs into your knitting? Learn all the techniques to make your favorite hat, scarf or sweater truly unique.
    • Class will be held either noon or 7pm.
    • Cost is $25.00 plus supplies.
    • Call 571-408-4236 to register.

June 28 (Sunday)

  • The Loft Gallery is hosting a Meet the Artist Reception
    • From 1230 Hours to 1430 Hours (12:30 PM - 2:30 PM)
    • Meet talented artist and printmaker Linda Rose Larochelle.
    • 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)

Prince William County Community Alert Network

  • In an emergency situation, PWC will send important alerts, notifications and updates right to your e-mail and mobile device(s).  Registration is free at the PWC site.

If you are a resident of Prince William County, registration with the County's Community Alert Network will allow you to receive county alerts on your mobile phone.

The Prince William County Community Alert Network (PWCAN)

 

 


 

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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