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)?

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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". 

WHAT'S NEW?

Below are just a few new shops, restaurants or attractions that have recently opened in Historic Occoquan. 

Forever Young

Forever Young is a boutique non-surgical aesthetics and skin care medspa. We provide minimally invasive skin treatment services to...

Leggy Lashes

Located in Historic Occoquan, Leggy Lashes is the premier place to have Premium Mink lash Extensions applied to your natural lash one...

Upcoming events

Occoquan Penguin Paddling Tour

June 20, 2021 - October 2, 2021

This guided trip is approximately two hours in duration and launches from behind Madigan’s Waterfront Restaurant in Old Town Occoquan....

Neabsco Creek Penguin Paddling Tour

July 10, 2021 - September 19, 2021

Our Neabsco tour is a gem. Wildlife is abundant. Eagles, beavers, herons and all sorts of waterfowl can be seen on this tour. The...

Music on Mill

June 19, 2021 - August 21, 2021

Music on Mill is a free summer concert series featuring family-friendly entertainment. Summer 2021 concerts will be scheduled monthly...

Trivia Night in River Mill Park!

June 25, 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...

Discover Occoquan Week

August 13, 2021 - August 22, 2021

This fun event in August celebrates the town businesses and features more than a week of free activities including interactive classes...

Outdoor dining

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

  • Ghost Tours!

  • Unique shops with one-of-a-kind items

  • Hiking the scenic trails

  • Kayaking the Occoquan River

  • Attend a free concert or movie

Places to Stay Near Occoquan