Nestled along the banks of the Occoquan River, the historic town of Occoquan, Virginia, provides a special opportunity to enjoy an eclectic mix of the past and present in a wonderful small town atmosphere. Settled by Europeans in the middle of the 18th century, with a name taken from the language of local Native Americans, Occoquan has been home to a variety of river-related industries, all of which have left their mark on the town in one form or another. Iron manufacturing, grain processing, rock quarrying, the lumber and river-ice trades, shipbuilding, and excursion boating have all enjoyed a heyday.
Today Occoquan offers an oasis in a hectic world, with brick sidewalks, traditional gaslights, and friendly people. In the six-square-block historic merchant district one can enjoy over a hundred shops and restaurants, relax on riverside benches, and learn more about local attractions at our Prince William County Tourist Information Center. Of course, we hope you will take a little time to learn about Occoquan’s history while you are here. In addition to shops and restaurants, our merchant district contains more than a dozen historical markers, vintage buildings, and our free Mill House Museum. And throughout the year we host a wide variety of family-friendly special events open to all.
We are very grateful that you have chosen to visit Occoquan and we hope that you will come back to see us often.