"Occoquan is at the end of the water" Occoquan by Ewingjr98

Occoquan Travel Guide: 39 reviews and 94 photos

I spent an evening in Occoquan in July 2009. I was heading down to Prince William County to watch the Potomac Nationals (Washington National's single A baseball team) play against the Lynchburg Hillcats (Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate). Before the game, I took a little tour of Occoquan, a town I had previously only known from the traffic reports, and I barely knew the difference between the Occoquan and the Pentagon. Now I've learned that Occoquan is a tiny little historic town on the banks of the river with the same name.

A sign on the west side of town, describes the area's history:

Town of Occoquan

Nathaniel Ellicott formally established
the town in 1804, bringing to fruition
industrial and commercial developments
begun 'at or near the Falls of Occoquan'
by John Ballendine c. 1750. The estuary
of the Occoquan has attracted the att-
ention of travelers since the time of
John Smith. Adjacent lands were patented
by the 1850s; copper was being shipped
from 'King' Carter's landing, and tobacco
from a public warehouse by the 1780s.

Prince William County Historical Commission 1976

  • Last visit to Occoquan: Jul 2009
  • Intro Updated Jul 16, 2009
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