Drawings by JS Celis

Posted by Lori on January 29, 2015 in Occoquan River, Pictures, Random Musings, Uncategorized

Gas Light Landing, Occoquan VA

Came across these YouTube videos recently. There is a time lapse drawing of Gas Light Landing and one of the Occoquan bridge at sunset. Enjoy!

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Occoquan on Instagram

Posted by Lori on November 9, 2014 in Announcements, Pictures

Excited to announce that we added a real-time Instagram feed for #occoquan! Check back anytime to see what our visitors and local photographers have recently snapped in town and on the river.

Put your best shots on our page by using hashtag #occoquan on Instagram!!!


- Instagram feed not found.

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Stunning Occoquan Foliage

Posted by Lou on November 5, 2014 in Pictures

Occoquan, Virginia

My all-time favorite portrait of the Historic Town of Occoquan! Photo by T_13 Photography.


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2012 Town of Occoquan Elections

Posted by Lou on March 20, 2012 in Announcements, Pictures, Town News

In 2012 the residents of Occoquan will once again have the opportunity to elect a Mayor and new Town Council. Voting will take place at Town Hall from 6:00am – 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 1. Reminder, you must be registered to vote by April 9th in order to participate.

If you are interested in running for Town Council, now is your opportunity. You may obtain the necessary filing forms by contacting the Office of General Registrar at (703) 792-6470 or by downloading the forms from the State Board of Elections website.

The current Occoquan Town Council consists of:


Earnest W. Porta, Jr.

Town Council:

Elizabeth A. “Liz” Quist
Ken T. Brunsvold
Denise M. Bush
Patrick A. Sivigny
James N. Walbert

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Mission to Mason Neck

Posted by Lou on March 3, 2012 in Civil War, Pictures

Virginia Historical Society

The Opinionator Blog in the New York Times recently published an interesting recount of the importance of accurate maps during the Civil War. Understanding the twists and turns of the Occoquan River was vital, which prompted a comprehensive mapping effort.

Pohick Creek, about 10 miles southwest of Alexandria, was by then the forward line of the Union Army, while the Confederates held the Occoquan River, about 5 miles farther south. Heintzelman instructed Sneden to focus his mapping efforts on the area in between — a marshy bit of land known as Mason Neck — where the smugglers lived and rebels retreated after their repeated attacks on the Union line. Continue Reading

Virginia Historical Society


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Occoquan, Virginia: Center of the World

Posted by Lou on October 23, 2011 in Pictures, Random Musings, Town News

The Muddy Waters of the Chesapeake

Posted by Lou on September 18, 2011 in Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Occoquan River, Pictures, Potomac River

The “true color” image below, courtesy of Maryland’s Eyes on the Bay website, shows just how unbelievably muddy the Chesapeake Bay has become the in the wake of the copious amount of rainfall that has fallen in the past 2 weeks.

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Back to Port! Storm’s Ablowin’

Posted by Lou on August 21, 2011 in Boating News, Pictures, Random Musings

Rainbow Over the Occoquan

Posted by Lou on May 31, 2011 in Pictures, Random Musings

Get Your Boat Ready For Summer!

Posted by Lou on March 14, 2011 in Boating News, Pictures, Random Musings

Tim’s Polar Plunge 2011

Posted by Lou on February 20, 2011 in Boating News, Meetups, Pictures, Potomac River

With Spring right around the corner, it’s time for the crazies to run into the freezing cold Potomac River. The 9th Annual Polar Plunge to benefit Virginia Special Olympics will take place on Saturday, February 26 at Tim’s Rivershore.

The river will be rocking with live music, contests, prizes and more! Visit Tim’s for more information.

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A Perfect Day on the River, Until…

Posted by Lou on October 10, 2010 in Pictures, Random Musings

Virtual Tour of Occoquan

Posted by Lou on September 28, 2010 in Pictures, Town News, Video

Occoquan resident Boyd Alexander recently uploaded a slideshow to YouTube that includes a number of great pictures. Enjoy!

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Bull Shark Mania!

Posted by Lou on September 7, 2010 in Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Fishing News, Pictures, Potomac River

I would be remiss if I did not mention the “Bull Shark in the Potomac River” frenzy that blew up on Facebook and the mainstream media while I was away. I tracked down the original reports and it wasn’t just one bull shark, it was two.

One was caught of Cornfield Harbor in extreme southern St. Mary’s county, MD. The NBC Washington website, which broke the “story” has a gruesome slideshow. The second was caught a bit farther north, near Tall Timbers, MD.

Both of these sharks were caught at the very, very edge of the Potomac River Watershed. So far south that one shark was actually caught by scientists collecting stingrays. This map shows where the bull sharks were caught:

The catches were very far away from Occoquan, almost 100 nautical miles south. Even down there, at the very edge of the Chesapeake Bay “you very, very rarely see them”, according to the Washington Post. Ok, no more bull shark jokes.

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Occoquan circa 1917

Posted by Lou on August 2, 2010 in Pictures, Town News