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Welcome to Historic Occoquan, Virginia
& to HistoricOccoquan.com

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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.

Read about the current masthead celebrating the Art on the Block 2018 event in Historic Occoquan!

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Artist Undertaking Newsletter

Occoquan Historical Society
Occoquan District Supervisor website link

Community Owl

Acupuncture in Delray

Lake Ridge Ophthalmology

Advertising on Historic Occoquan

Historic Occoquan Community Events
for this month & Beyond

Historic Occoquan.com can now be viewed on your phone
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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.

Art on the Block

Kalen Golden Goose article

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....

Historic Occoquan Theatre

During the Month:

  • 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).
    • Free Chalky Painting Mini-Class
      • With any paintable purchase, receive small jar of TPS Chalky Paint w/brush and quick lesson. TPSCP is UV–protected for indoor or outdoor items. Available are mirrors, frames, baskets, architectural cast-iron and tin stars, shelves, wall art, candlesticks, bowls and (yes!) more— all from just $7.00! 
    • Drop in Upcycling & Restoration Clinics
      • There's always something new going on!
      • Drop in (7 days 12 - 5pm) to get a list of current offerings. 
      • Groups of 15+ possible w/ tea room.
      • All clinics are just $10 to $15 per (+tea if applicable) and most include all supplies and your finished item(s).

Own a piece of the Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show

April 3 (Tuesday) - May 7 (Monday)

This and That

  • The exhibit features rare and unique works of art that include: 
    • Copper Work by Anne Jordan of Fairfax, VA,
    • Oil Paintings by Steve Myles of Reston, VA and
    • Turned Wood by Greg Wandless of Fairfax, 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

“Pineapple Citrus Still Life” by Steve Myles – Oil Painting “Natural Edge Cherry Bowl” by Greg Wandless – Turned Wood “Limited Palette Study” by Steve Myles – Oil Painting “Forest 2” by Greg Wandless – Turned Wood

“Forest 1” by Greg Wandless – Turned Wood “Dogwood in Grapewood Burl” by Anne Jordan – Copper Work Dogwood Platter” by Anne Jordan – Copper Work

Tynes Automotive

April 3 (Tuesday) - May 8 (Sunday)

Here, There, and Everywhere:
Original Paintings by Lydia Jechorek

  • The Loft Gallery is pleased to announce Northern Virginia artist Lydia Jechorek will be their April 2018 featured artist.   
  • You are in for an adventure.  Looking for inspiration in all the right places, whether she’s walking, driving down a road or traveling Lydia is always watching for a special scene to paint.  Her paintings not only lets her relive wonderful experiences, it she invites you to take that journey with her.
  • The Loft Gallery is located at 313 Mill Street, Occoquan VA and 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)

    “Chicago, My Kind of Town”, 12x60, oil “Still Treasure Hunting” 10x20, oil

Acupuncture in Delray, VA

Lost Lease Sale

April 27 (Friday) & April 28 (Saturday)

  • Third Base is having Live Music!
  • Friday 12:00 Hours to 22:00 Hours (12:00 PM -10:00 PM)  they have Louie 
  • Saturday 18:00 Hours to 22:00 Hours (6:00 PM -10:00 PM) they have Zac Quintana 
  •  Their weekend special items are:
    • Frutti tutti sundaes/ milkshake that they make in house! 
  • Enjoy a great weekend with them! 
    • They have some great new appetizers!! 
    •  Ask for their Sausage Royale or their pizza bites

Adoption Rocks

May 1 (Tuesday) - May 31 (Thursday)

  • Red Art and Design is having a Spring Cleaning Sale!
    • All art supplies and selected artwork is 20% off.
    • See their site for details

May 8 (Tuesday) - June 3 (Sunday)

Nature's Gift: Oriental Brush Paintings by Darlene Kaplan

  • The Loft Gallery is pleased to announce Darlene Kaplan will be their May 2018 featured artist. Darlene is an International Award Winning artist residing in Northern Virginia  
  • Darlene is inspired by her desire to capture what nature provides during each season which she uses as her subject matter. Her art is all about creating beautiful strokes with emphasis on spontaneity and Chi (energy).  Darlene’s paintings are rendered on rice paper using Chinese water colors and ink.
  • The Loft Gallery is located at 313 Mill Street, Occoquan VA and 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)

“Me and the Bees”, 18” x 28”, Chinese watercolor “Thistle Eater”, 15” x 15”, Chinese watercolor

May 11 (Friday)

  • Soaring Spirit Yoga Studio is offering Yoga for Recovery, free Yoga Class!
    • From 19:00 Hours to 20:00 Hours (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
    • FREE, collecting donations for Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.
    • Class work may include breathing exercises, slow arm stretches, healing yoga sequences appropriate during and after cancer treatment.
    • They practice in an encouraging, nurturing, and safe space.
    • No yoga experience needed.​

Art on the Block 2018

Background Story:  

Occoquan’s first “Art on the Block” was held on November 12, 2011, and because of its great success, it was held twice a year on Mother’s Day weekend in May and on Veterans Day weekend in November.  “We wanted to help make Occoquan a destination place for art lovers,” said Jane Ernst of the Artists’ Undertaking Gallery, who along with her husband, David, established the first event and continued coordinating the “Art on the Block” up until May 2015. Occoquan has in its galleries over 60 talented local artists.  In addition to the artwork in the galleries, Occoquan has many eclectic shops offering the visitor many unique items not found in your local chain stores. “Our little community is one of those hidden jewels waiting to be discovered, and then revisited often.”  

In 2015, Danielle Rush, owner of Red Art & Design took over the coordination of the activities for the “Art on the Block.” The event is now held every May on the day before Mother’s Day.  

This Year’s Event:  

Art on the Block is once again being coordinated by Jane Ernst, since Danielle will soon be leaving the area. “This year I’ve decided to think outside of the box and have more Occoquan merchants participating in the event. These merchants will be showcasing the arts in their shops, along with the Occoquan galleries who showcase over 60 local artists. Occoquan has so much to offer those who visit this tiny river community,” said Jane.  

On Saturday, May 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., fourteen local merchants will be participating in Art on the Block, welcoming everyone to visit them in Occoquan and to enjoy their creative endeavors. Many artists will be available to discuss their work, answer questions, and some will be demonstrating their talents. Each shop will have a reception, with some having special drawings for prizes.  

Everyone visiting will have the opportunity to register to win an Occoquan Gift Basket.  

The merchants who will be participating are:  

  • Art A La Carte – 310 Mill Street
  • Artists’ Undertaking Gallery – 309 Mill Street
  • Brambles – 312 Poplar Alley
  • Details – 206 Mill Street
  • Glory Be – 305 Mill Street
  • The Loft Gallery – 313 Mill Street
  • Paint Your Heart Out – 125 Mill Street
  • Personally Yours – 402 Mill Street
  • Red Art & Design – 125 Mill Street
  • Secret Jewelry Garden – 308-E Poplar Alley
  • Sincerely Yours Stained Glass – 214 Commerce Street
  • Spiral Creations – 304 Mill Street
  • VanEch Studio – 125 Mill Street
  • Yarn Cloud – 204 – Washington Street  

May 12 (Saturday)

  • Gift and Gather are hosting a Ladies Clutch Workshop
    • From 09:00 Hours to 11:00 Hours (9:00 AM to 11:00 AM)
    • Go to the event and learn how to sew and make a ladies clutch from scratch with Chris Cooper.
    • You will take your finished piece home with you.    
    • See their Facebook page for details
  • Art on the Block in Historic Occoquan!
    • From 11:00 Hours to 16:00 Hours (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
    • Stroll the Streets of Occoquan and Support the Arts!
    • With 14 participating businesses there will be creativity everywhere you look.
    • Receptions, Art Demonstrations & Special Drawings.  This is a great opportunity to meet our talented artists!
    • Enter the drawing for a chance to win a $25 Artists’ Undertaking Gift Certificate, or a piece of art from one of our local artists
    • There is also a chance of of winning an Occoquan Gift Basket.
    • This is an event that you won't want to miss!
  • The Loft Gallery in Historic Occoquan is hosting an Artist Reception!
    • From 13:00 Hours to 16:00 Hours (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
    • This is your simply fantastic opportunity to meet the talented and gifted artist Darlene Kaplan!
    • Meet and see the artist!  Talk to her about her paintings that are rendered on rice paper using Chinese watercolors & ink.  Ten see the paintings from this newly acquired perspective!​
    • The Loft Gallery is located at 313 Mill Street, Occoquan VA and 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)

Hawthorne House Retirement

May 13 (Sunday)

  • Madigan's Waterfront is having a Mother's Day Brunch Buffett
    • From 10:00 Hours to 15:00 Hours (10:00 AM to 3:00 PM)
    • Omelet station, roast beef carving station, fresh Belgian waffles, chicken breast topped with parmesan peppercorn cheese sauce, salmon, mussels marinara, crab fritta, eggs benedict, just to name a few plus all your regular favorites.
    • Sodas, coffee, & teas included.  
    • Reservations recommended. 
    • Adults $30.00, children 4-10 $10, children 3 and under free.​​
    • They will open for dinner at 17:30 Hours (5:30 PM)
    • Click to see their menu!
    • See their site for details

May 19 (Saturday)

  • A Chain Mail Demonstration at Spiral Creations!
    • Check out a technique that’s been in use for centuries.
    • Patterns of metal rings turned into beautiful jewelry.
    • All Chain Mail earrings 10%.
  • Personally Yours is offering a "This isn't your ordinary dip mix!!!" demonstration
    • At 13:30 Hours (1:30 PM) and 15:30 Hours (3:30 PM)
    • Free dips demonstration and tasting showing the creativity and versatility of packaged dip mixes.
  • Loyalty Pet Care is providing a Safety Furst Responder Paws Only CPR Demo
    • At 15:00 Hours (3:00 PM) and 15:45 Hours (3:45 PM)
    • Loyalty's Safety Furst Division will hold two 30-minute demo's highlighting our Safety Furst Responder class - how to be your pet's first responder, including the CPR skill set for dogs and cats.
    • Click on their site link above to register
    • Capacity of 12 per session.

May 20 (Sunday)

  • Soaring Spirit Yoga Studio is offering VETOGA, free Yoga Class!
    • From 12:00 Hours to 13:00 Hours (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)
    • In collaboration with the non-profit, VEToga, students will gain an understanding of which yoga postures, breathing methods and meditation practices are effective during and after deployment.
    • Class is open to all active duty military personnel and veterans (including Reservists and National Guard members) and their family members.​

June 4 (Monday)

  • Vintage image transfer decorative wall art workshop at VanEch Studio
    • From 18:00 Hours to 21:00 Hours (6:00 PM to 9:00 PM)
    • Why not learn two amazing techniques in one workshop. 
    • Create a take home wood plaque wall hanging painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, distressed and finished. 
    • Then apply a vintage inspired vinyl image transfer.

June 5 (Tuesday) - July 1 (Sunday)

Trees and Other Wood Stuff

  • The Loft Gallery is pleased to announce that Mike Flynn is their featured artist in June!  
  • Mike Flynn is inspired by his desire to capture beauty and form found in trees and the textures of aging wooden structures. He paints landscapes and still-life, occasionally mixing different art media elements. Mike explores styles from loose brush work impressionism to detailed realism. The inspiration for Mike’s paintings is often his travels to National Parks from coast to coast.
  • The Loft Gallery is located at 313 Mill Street, Occoquan VA and 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)
  • For more information, access their site or call (703) 490-1117

“Shenandoah NP”, 21” x 28”, watercolors “Rocky Mountain NP”, 16” x 20”, watercolor

June 10 (Saturday)

  • The Loft Gallery in Historic Occoquan is hosting an Artist Reception!
    • From 13:00 Hours to 16:00 Hours (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
    • This is your opportunity to meet talented artist Mike Flynn.
    • The Loft Gallery is located at 313 Mill Street, Occoquan VA and 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)

June 17 (Sunday)

  • A Backyard Barbecue at Madigan's Waterfront
    • From 11:00 Hours to 18:00 Hours (11:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
    • Treat your father to a relaxing & delicious BBQ on their deck with the whole family!
    • They will be grilling hot dogs, BBQ chicken and BBQ ribs! 
    • TThe platters will include homemade coleslaw & potato salad!​​​

The Hampton Inn by Hilton of Historic Occoquan

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Hawthorne House Retirement Announcement

Jerry's Occoquan Jewelers

Glory Be

Artist Undertaking Gallery

Artaville Rugs

Sincerely Yours Stained Glass Studio

Spinaweb - Specialty weaving in Occoquan

Elements of Occoquan - Fun and Wacky

Union Street Guitar Works

Hair Studio 14

Personally Yours

Art A La Carte

Occoquan Spices-Tea-and Sweets

Haunted Occoquan Tours

The Cock and Bowl

Occoquan Craft Show

Lorton Valley Star Newspaper