"OCCOQUAN-translates from a Dogue Indian word" Occoquan by zanzooni

Occoquan Travel Guide: 39 reviews and 94 photos


I love Occoquan. It's quaintness, the fact that it's at the head of the tidewater basin of the Chesapeake, and the history that surrounds Occoquan, plus the fact that it was considered the "End of the Water" and now is considered the "Head of the Tidewater". If you know Virginia's history, then you would understand why it was called the "the end" and not the "head". Ask yourself this: Do rivers flow North or South? A tobacco warehouse was built circa 1736, and the first automated grist mill in the US was born here, that transported grains to Alexandria, VA and then to the markets of the West Indies. It became an area of commerce and entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Last visit to Occoquan: Sep 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • DEY's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2010 at 7:03 AM

    Good memories, I lived in Woodbridge for 4 years!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Nice tips!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    This surely looks like a wonderful place to enjoy, relax, and shop a bit. You do a great job of showing the real events and sites to see.

  • 2Cities1Love's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2009 at 2:41 AM

    Looks so nice over there. Thanks for showing us :-0)

  • Donna_in_India's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    Love these small towns. So glad I will have a chance to explore alot in the future! Love the shops/crafts (esp with Christmas decorations). Are the construction workers still there? ;-)) Such a shame about Madigan's! Have you given it another chance yet?

  • Zvrlj's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2009 at 12:02 AM

    Thank you for the great tour of two southern cities with you :-)

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    Mmmm, so it's the construction workers that are the draw card here hey?... ...sounds good to me!! ;o) Great opening pic Zana. xx

  • Court94403's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2009 at 9:29 PM

    Madigan's sounds good! I am booking my plane ticket now!!!

  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2009 at 1:00 AM

    Zooni, Great little tour of this town's shops. Amazing what some wineries will bottle as wine. More amazing are the people who try to sell off wine to you. Ah, yes, the finest wines east of the Mississippi. Show me the spittoon. lol

  • tropicrd's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    Love your pages on this very interesting place with an interesting name--would love to visit one day. Dorrise

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