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11 Things To Do In Occoquan That Make It A Gem Of Northern Virginia

Updated: Jul 8, 2023

Illustration by Libby Burns

The historic village of Occoquan has irresistible small-town charm, with three blocks of independently owned shops and restaurants clustered along the Occoquan River. It’s usually easy to find a free parking spot in the historic district; from there, head to River Mill Park and walk south on Mill Street. Occoquan’s architecture dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries, when it was a tiny port with a flourishing gristmill. History lingers on every corner, and you don’t have to wait for Halloween to encounter visitors from Occoquan’s past. The town is a paranormal “cold spot,” where people come to connect with the spiritual world, and many shopkeepers specialize in gems and magic. Art is an essential part of the town’s DNA, and Occoquan’s galleries often feature DMV-based artists. Want to get out on the water? Local outfitters will help you make a splash.

READ MORE at Northern Virginia Magazine. Written by Renee Sklarew for Northern Virginia Magazine.

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