A short 20 minute trip from Quantico is the historic community of Occoquan. Located on the Occoqaun River, it is easily accessible from I-95 by taking the exit 160 for State Route 123 east. Established in 1734 as a trading post then expanded with grist mills and tobacco warehouses to take advantage of the Occoqaun River, Occoquan today is a restored artists’ community with artisan shops, outdoor dining, ghost walks and boat docks.
The Occoquan Mill House Museum is the reminder of the historic nature of the town. The Museum is part of the Merchant’s Mill which started operationing in 1765. The Mill was in continual operation for 175 years until a fire destroyed most of the mill. The Museum houses a collection of documents, photographs and other artifacts from Occoquan’s pasts.
There are more than 100 specialty shops and restaurants covering four blocks. If you’re looking for dessert, then stop by “Mom’s Apple Pie” for apple pies made from scratch. Or if you need something for your pets, then check out “Fetch Dog & Cat Food Pup Town Cafe”.
Coming on 2 and 3 June is the Occoquan Arts & Crafts show. The Craft Show will include contemporary and country artisans from Occoquan and from the country. The hours are Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free. Vendors will be offering food for sale and of course all the restaurants in Occoquan will be open for business.
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