Neighborhood Spotlight: Occoquan, Virginia
Established in 1804, Occoquan, Virginia is small community nestled within some of the fast-paced suburbs in the DC metro area. Located just 11 miles south of the Capital Beltway on I-95, the name is derived from an Indian word meaning "at the end of the water." Indeed, Occoquan is located on the Occoquan River and was originally colonized for its fishing trade, later evolving into an industrialized settlement. Today, Occoquan features a collection of charming shops and restaurants and is home to a number of artists who relish the town's semi-annual Arts and Crafts Show. An eminently walkable community, Occoquan also features a boardwalk and town boat dock that adds to the small town feel of the community.
Occuquan is defined by its waterfront which comprises a small dock and a restaurant called Madigan's Waterfront and is located behind Mill Street. The restaurant is the largest one in Occoquan and provides outdoor seating overlooking the river.
Occoquan also offers a host of boutiques, art galleries, antique stores, and jewelry shops that are ideal for thoughtfully considered gifts and keepsakes. Other attractions include:
- Mill House Museum - 413 Mill Street and open daily from 11am to 4pm
- Rockledge Mansion - 440 Mill Street. This is a historic landmark and was built in 1758.
- Mom's Apple Pie Bakery - 126 A Commerce Street. Known for great wines, groceries and pies.
- Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge - A 644-acre refuge found across the river from the town.
Occoquan offers a more leisurely feel than the many bustling DC suburbs and is popular destination for day-trips.