Historic Occoquan is an artists' community filled with over 100 shops along the Occoquan River. This charming town combines over 200 years of history with the modern attractions of shopping and dining. Occoquan offers everything from antiques, arts, crafts, fashions, and gifts to unique specialty shops for miniature enthusiasts and much more.
Where is Occoquan (and how do you pronounce it)?
Occoquan is a small town in Prince William County, Virginia that was established in 1804 that was known for its grist mills and tobacco warehouses. The Merchant's Mill in Occoquan was the first automated grist mill in the nation (but was later destroyed by fire). The post office in Occoquan was also where letters from the North and South were exchanged during the American Civil War. River silting and a shift to using railways to move items, reduced overall ship traffic to Occoquan. The town transformed and now thrives as an artistic community with unique shops and restaurants set amongst picturesque views of the Occoquan River.
The Town of Occoquan is pronounced like OCKA-KWON and is derived from an Algonquian Doeg Indian word meaning - "At the end of the water".
Below are just a few new shops, restaurants or attractions that have recently opened in Historic Occoquan.
October 2, 2021
This guided trip is approximately two hours in duration and launches from behind Madigan’s Waterfront Restaurant in Old Town Occoquan....
October 15, 2021 - November 12, 2021
Bring your “quaranteam” of up to 6 people and rent your 10 ft space in a socially-distanced picnic circle in the park. Occoquan Mayor...
September 25, 2021 - September 26, 2021
Get ready to welcome back Occoquan’s Fall Arts & Crafts Show! We know you’ve missed this beloved regional event and we have too....
Things to Do while Visiting
Birdwatching along the Occoquan River
History buffs will enjoy the self-guided walking tour and a trip through Mill House Museum
Strolling through the many art galleries in town
Outdoor dining, many restaurants with waterfront views
Unique shops with one-of-a-kind items
Hiking the scenic trails
Kayaking the Occoquan River
Attend a free concert or movie