Historic Town of Occoquan
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Welcome to Historic Occoquan, Virginia
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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.

Read about this month's masthead celebrating the Yuletide Season.

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2009 Community Events in November & Beyond

    If you couldn't make it, see what you missed - pictures are available of previous Occoquan events at the links below:

Harvest Parade and Children's Festival
Occoquan Art Walk 
A Trolley Car in Occoquan
The Ebenezer Bake Sale
The Farmer's Market
The Artists' Undertaking
The Prince William Art Society Wine and Cheese Event
Occoquan River Festival
Mamie Davis Park
 Carefree Boat Club's launch of National Boating Safety Week
Occoquan Duck Splash
Occoquan Craft Show
 Some of the participants in the Farmer's Market
 Donations of cell phones, glasses, and shredding of papers

The Town of Occoquan has been blogged.
  See the first and original Blog Site at the
Occoquan Blog Postings.

Please welcome and take a look at the new websites of the following Occoquan merchants:

Faith Creek Country Store

Carefree Boat Club of Occoquan
 - Putting pleasure back into pleasure boating the Carefree way
 - Boating without owning.  It's about TIME.

Roither's Frame Design
Sincerely Yours Stained Glass Studio
Endeavors
Good Vibrations
La Maison Gift Shop and Candy Boutique
 Classic Creations Photography
 International Gift and Boutique

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • October 6 (Tuesday) - November 2 (Monday)
    • The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery in Historic Occoquan, VA presents “Autumn Surprise”
      • Exhibit consists of plein air watercolor paintings by Jack Dyer of Springfield, VA and pottery by Gary Outman of Woodbridge, VA. 
      • The gallery is open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily and is located at 309 Mill Street in Historic Occoquan, VA. 
      • For more information contact the gallery at 703-494-0584.
        • As a plein air artist, Jack Dyer paints his watercolors outdoors.  Historic Occoquan is a favorite location of his, where many a day you may find him painting in this quaint river town.  
        • Gary Outman’s pottery is both functional and artistic with intriguing faces incorporated into many of Gary’s pieces.  
      • The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery welcomes everyone to see the exhibit “Autumn Surprise” and to browse through the gallery’s ever-changing works of art by local artists.
  • November 3 (Tuesday) - November 30 (Monday)
    • The Artists' Undertaking Gallery in Historic Occoquan, VA presents "Celebrating Women"
      • Exhibit consists of whimsical pastels by Roger Frey, unique silver and bronze jewelry by Sherry Chaples, and delicate eggshell sculptures by Tina Kannapel.
      • The gallery is open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily and is located at 309 Mill Street in Historic Occoquan, VA. 
  • November 6 (Friday)
  • November 7 (Saturday)
    • Occoquan Farmers Market (OFM) featuring fresh produce grown by producers located within 120 miles of the Town.
      • Fresh Produce available only from 0800 - 1400 hrs... (That's to 2:00 PM)
      • Come and get yours before they are sold out
    • If the spirits are willing, the Historic Occoquan Ghost Tours 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM call 703.494.6983 for more info
    • Ken Smith will be playing at the Occoquan Coffee House starting at 1900 Hrs (7:00 PM).  You may want to come early to ensure a seat.  Admission is free.
  • November 10 (Tuesday)
    • Town Hall another action-packed meeting at 1900 Hours (That's 7:00 PM).
      • Local Town residents are invited to attend.
  • November 13 (Friday)
  • November 14 (Saturday)
    • Occoquan Farmers Market (OFM) featuring fresh produce grown by producers located within 120 miles of the Town.
      • Fresh Produce available only from 0800 - 1400 hrs... (That's to 2:00 PM)
      • Come and get yours before they are sold out
    • If the spirits are willing, the Historic Occoquan Ghost Tours 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM call 703.494.6983 for more info
    • Annual Shopping Spree sponsored by the OMA will be held.  Shoppers at participating merchants will be entered in a drawing for $1000.  Spree ends on December 12th when the drawing occurs.  You must be present to win.
    • The Artists' Undertaking Gallery welcomes everyone to join then for an Artists Reception 1500 hrs - 1900 hrs (3:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
    • Live music at the Coffee House of Occoquan starting at 1900 hrs (7:00 PM)
  • November 20 (Friday)
    • Business Guild of Occoquan Open House
      • 1600 Hrs - 2000 Hrs (4:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
      • An evening of shopping, refreshments, an specials.  Register to share $1000 in gift certificates.  You must be present for the 2015 Hrs (8:15 PM) drawing in front of Hawthorne House to win.
        • Hawthorne House is at 404 Mill St.
        • Santa will announce the names of the 10 winners.
        • Children in the crowd take turns drawing the winners.
      • After many years, this open house has become a holiday tradition in Occoquan as the shops are decorated in their holiday best and the town will have their tree lighting ceremony.
    • Live music at the Coffee House of Occoquan starting at 1900 hrs (7:00 PM)
    • Occoquan Tree Lighting Ceremony, commencing immediately after the Business Guild of Occoquan gift certificate drawing.
  • November 21 (Saturday)
    • The very last Occoquan Farmer's Market  for 2009.
      From 0800 - 1400 hrs...(That's to 2:00 PM)
    • The Artists' Undertaking Gallery Saturday hours extended to 2000 hrs (8:00 PM) on every Saturday evening until December 19.
    • Live music at the Coffee House of Occoquan starting at 1900 hrs (7:00 PM)
  • November 28 (Saturday)
    • Santa arrives in Occoquan at 1200 hrs (Noon) by boat and will set up shop in Town Hall to talk with children of all ages.
  • December 8 (Tuesday) - January 4 (Monday)
    • The Artists' Undertaking Gallery in Historic Occoquan, VA presents "Gifted"
      • This group show includes unique works of art consisting of watercolors, etchings, photography, fused glass, turned wood, basketry, pottery, monotypes, encaustics, pastels, eggshell carvings, jewelry, and acrylic paintings
        • The gallery is open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, except Saturdays - see above, and is located at 309 Mill Street in Historic Occoquan, VA. 
  • December 12 (Saturday)
    • The Artists' Undertaking Gallery welcomes everyone to come and join seventeen local artists for a Holiday Open House Reception from 1300 hrs - 1900 hrs (1:00 PM -7:00 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.

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2009 Events in Occoquan

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Harvest Parade & Children Festival

The Parade

The Occoquan Police Car leading the way Flag and Color Guard on Parade The Mayor of the Town of Occoquan and visitng dignataries Some parade participants Captain Jack Sparrow and motley crew The view of the parade down Mill Street

Taller view down Mill Street The Fall Festival Parade is full of Halloween Costumes including a pirate SuperGirl and others in front of the Occoquan Inn and Quinn's Goldsmith Alice in Wonderland, a Fairy, and a 4 legged friend Minnie Mouse and other fabulous costumes on Mill Street More costumed characters on Mill

Delegate Paul Nichols, seated, with Mayor Earnie Porta and Congressman Gerald Connolly The Heidi Und Heimat Echo Band The Heidi Und Heimat Echo Band playing while they travel on Ellicott Street The Parade with scouts turning onto Ellicott Street The Carefree Boat Club motley crew Captain Jack with his crew

Participants in the Parade A closeup of the Color Guard More of the Parade

Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Merchants, & the Quest

Captain Jack in his famous Captain Morgan pose Captain Jack with some of the parade participants Members of the Pink Bicycle Shop watching the parade Artistic Halloween display in Endeavors Jerry's Occoquan Jewelers and a special deal this season

Kelly Campbell of Kelly's Artbox Captain Jack with Andre of Bambini's Boutique Face Painting at Glory Be Glory Be crew between face painting sessions Jane Ernst of Artists' Undertaking Gallery The Virginia Wine Store display

Pony rider Goat in the petting zoo More animals in the petting zoo A Blue Faery at Glory Be Face Painting can take some time The Famous Mamie Davis Gazebo

Occoquan on All Hallows Eve

Mysterious Picture during Occoquan Ghost Walk Mila during the Occoquan Ghost Walk Exceedingly remarkable Cemetary The Cemetary Gate Keepers The headstone at the entrance to the exceedingly remarkable cemetary Witch on her broomstick

A Zombie in the exceedingly remarkable cemetary Tombstones found in the exceedingly remarkable cemetary Fellow visitors at the cemetary An old pirate who's seen many an eve in Occoquan

Pie Throw

At the end of the Fall Festival Parade, two people who had contributed to the Prince William Chapter American Red Cross where selected at a random drawing.  The winners were the town's Vice Mayor, Ken Brunsvold, Delegate Paul Nichols.  While Ken was there at the event, it was decided that the town's Administrator and Clerk, Claudia Cruise would throw the pie.  Below are pictures of this historic event.

One of the Pies Claudia ready to throw the pie Paul Nichols and Claudi Cruise both ready to throw their pies Mayor Earnie Porta in quest of a towel

When you click play on the flash video on the left, you can see our Mayor of Occoquan, Earnie Porta, being a good sport and taking not one, but two pies in the face to raise money for the Prince William Chapter American Red Cross' annual Heroes Campaign. 

While our Mayor's efforts helped, they still need your support.  You can still contribute to the organization that needs money, blood, and platelets.  You can access the Prince William Chapter of the American Red Cross by clicking their logo on the right to donate money or schedule a blood donation.

If you're in the mood for a movie, do what the webmaster of HistoricOccoquan.com does, donate platelets.  The Red Cross will let you watch one of the movies they have available for selection while you are donating.  You can click on the lower Red Cross logo to schedule a platelet donation.

 

The Prince William Chapter of the American Red Cross


American Red Cross

Occoquan Art Walk

Art on display in front of Kelly's Art Box shop Artist Alice Labier and Madelyn Winslow in front of Glory Be on Mill Street Art on display at 310 Mill Street Nathalie Quiveors-Omar of Jewel Stonz and artist Ann Goodwin in front of ..Off the Beading Path Jewelry artist Ann Goodwin behind some of her creations David and Jane Ernst and the Mayor of Occoquan in the cart

Artists David and Jane Ernst Artist Kelly Campbell with some of her art during the Artwalk Jewelry artist Ann Goodwin and some of her work during the Artwalk Glass Artist Mimi Vellek displaying some of her work during the Artwalk Artist Michele Frantz creating a painting during the Artwalk

A Trolley Car in Occoquan

As seen on Saturday July 11, 2009 crossing by the Ebenezer Baptist Church

The Ebenezer Bake Sale

Bake Sale Delicious Chocolate covered cupcakes Ruby providing service and support at the Ebenezer Bake Sale Ruby and other Volunteers at the Bake Sale Cookies! Book filled with delicious recipes

The Farmer's Market

Picture of local artist Jack Dyer painting a picture of the Occoquan Farmer's Market Fresh Radishes Lettuce straight from the farm Did someone say Salad? The Occoquan Farmer's Market Fresh Onions

The Artists' Undertaking

Coffee Table Art by Lorrie Kagle Jewelry by local artist Sherry Chaples Egg Shell Carvings by Tina Kannapel Close-up of one of the Egg Shell Carvings by Tina Kannapel Cute Egg Shell Bunny Interior shot of the Artists' Undertaking showing available art and pottery

Interior shot of the Artists' Undertaking showing available jewelry and art Interior shot of the Arrtist' Undertaking showing work by David Barnes

The  Prince William Art Society Wine and Cheese Event
- hosted by Roither's Frame Design Center in Occoquan

PWAS Art Scholarship Fund Raiser Art by Judy Donovan Wine & Cheese & local artists & participants attending the event Occoquan Mayor Ernie Porta & former PWAS President and local artist Alice LaBier Variety of art on display at the Wine and Cheese Event Art by Madelyn Winslow

Art by Janis McMahon

Occoquan River Festival

Musicians alongside the Coffee House of Occoquan Musicians on the Coffee House porch Historical reenactors on the warf beside's Madigans Wood Carvings in front of Village Americana Furniture Jeff Taylor and the Heart of Gold Band Wood Carvers in front of the Village Americana Furniture - www.northernvirginiacarvers.org

Historical reenactors in front of Jerry's Occoquan Jewelers Historical reenactor in front of Kelly's Artbox Musicians in front of Endeavors of Occoquan Sales available at Salt and Pepper Books Historical reenactors in front of Occoquan Town Hall

Occoquan's Mamie Davis Park

Closeup of Tree Blossoms Even closer closeup of Tree Blossoms View into Mamie Davis Park The Famous Occoquan Gazebo in Mamie Davis Park

Carefree Boat Club's launch of National Boating Safety Week

The Schedule of activities offered by the Carefree Boat Club View onto the docks Boats available to Carefree Boat Club Members Boats available to Carefree Boat Club Members Emmalee Haga demonstrating the importance of weight distribution in a boat Just before a presentation by Emmalee on a larger boat

Emmalee Haga providing a safety demonstration inside Madigan's Emmalee Haga providing a boat safty lecture inside of Madigan's in Occoquan

Occoquan's Duck Splash

Rubber Ducks leaving the foot bridge Racing down the Occoquan River Close-up of the ducks Real close-up showing the ducks numbered Rubber duck with Blue Heron in the background A natural duck winner

Occoquan's Craft Show

Banner at Commerce Street and Gordon Blvd announcing the Occoquan Craft Show View down Mill Street Great Every Day Price Savings inside the Occoquan Coffee House Owner of the Occoquan Coffee House monitoring band set-ups Local Artist Kerin McBride and some of her art Stephanie of Royal Confections exhibiting some of her fudge at the show

Occoquan's Jewel Stonz booth during the craft show Occoquan's very friendly Virginia Wine Store booth during the craft show Lisa of Occoquan's Lisa Julia Photography The Long Arm of the Occoquan Town Sargeant Mary Brown The OWL Booth Beautiful antique trunks

Amazing signs available at the show Water Tours during the show Music at the Occoquan Coffee House Music at the Occoquan Coffee House Bonsai Trees available at the craft show Mill Street and Union Street

Attendees of the Occoquan Craft Show Woodbridge Dance Company exhibit during the show Commerce Street during the show Something different Rockledge Mansion open during the show Mamie Davis Park providing park environment for dining

Some of the participants in the Occoquan Farmer's Market are:

Bees and Blossoms Ole Pioneer's Kitchen Smith Family Farm Grace's Pasteries Wisteria Gardens Hondo Coffee

Lunsford's Bee Farm

 

Lion's Club, Secure Shredding, Cell Phone donations

Lion's Club The Gentlemen assisting with secure shredding in the Ebenezer Parking Lot Cell Phone Donations

More information about the service providers above, can be found at the following sites:

Lion's Club Paper Tiger Secure ShreddingSecure the Call

 

 

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)

 

 


 

Business Guild of Occoquan Christmas Event

Occoquan Coffee Shop - Open mike every Saturday night

Roither's Frame Design Center 

Sincerely Yours Stained Glass Studio

Endeavors

Spinaweb - Specialty weaving in Occoquan

My Bodyoga Spa in Historic Occoquan

Care Free Boat Club - Contact Leo Smith @ 703.217.6699 

The Cottage at Occoquan

The Prince William Art Society, Inc.

Kelly's Artbox

Jerry's Occoquan Jewelers

Elements of Occoquan - Fun and Wacky

Bistrot Belgique Gourmande - Belgian Restaurant in Occoquan

Bambini's Boutique

Artists' Undertaking Gallery

La Maison Gift Shop 

Faith Creek Candles

Hair Studio 14

Details of Occoquan

Country Morning

Off the Beading Path

Occoquan Craft Show

Lorton Valley Star Newspaper

 
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