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Occoquan History Tours for Groups

  • Box 502
  • Occoquan, VA 22125

This guided driving tour is only available for groups, lasts approximately an hour and proceeds through the six-square block historic district in the Town of Occoquan. The tour briefly covers the geography and geology of the region by discussing the features of the Occoquan River and the Town's location at the boundary between the Piedmont and tidewater areas of Virginia. It then covers pre-European inhabitants of the area, the arrival of Captain John Smith in 1608, the first settlements and industry in the Town, the Town's founding and the role of its mill complex in the history of technology. Most of this is discussed at one location -- the site of the oldest structures in Town -- where the bus will stop for approximately 15 minutes. From there the tour proceeds to discuss the subsequent history of the Town through various structures the bus will pass. Among the topics covered are the industries and businesses of the town, its educational system, its Civil War and race relations history, and key events that include the fire of 1916 and the flooding caused by Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

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