Visit the Historic Town of Occoquan

Welcome to the Town of Occoquan, Virginia, and to this wonderful web site, whose theme highlights Occoquan’s waterfront, but actually offers you a great deal more.

Earnie Porta, Mayor of Occoquan, kayaking, Occoquan River

Earnie Porta, Mayor of Occoquan, leading a kayaking tour along the Occoquan River. Photo courtesy of Boyd Alexander.

Occoquan is an historic riverfront town settled in the middle of the 18th century. Throughout its existence the river has been its lifeblood. The falls of the Occoquan drew the area’s first industry, iron-manufacturing, in the 1750s, later to be followed by milling, the timber trade, quarrying, river-ice, shipbuilding, and excursion boating.

Today the river continues to be a draw for residents, businesses, and visitors alike. As this web site shows, a day in Occoquan can be an experience like no other. Few places offer so much history, shopping, dining, and other leisure activities in such close proximity to each other. We have historic structures, markers, and a museum; we have engaging and eclectic shops; and we have the full spectrum of dining options, from casual ice cream stands to a five star restaurant — all within walking distance, and much of it adjacent to the river. And this web site — created privately by a town resident — is an example of the type of community spirit that pervades the town.

Our waterfront continues to change as the town works to highlight all we have to offer. So visit this site and the town often to see what we are doing and to plan your next trip. After you visit us once, we are confident you will wish to return again and again.

Best wishes,

Earnie Porta
Former Mayor, Town of Occoquan
eporta [at] occoquan [dot] org