Where America's Story Becomes Yours
Occoquan is derived from a Dogue Indian word meaning "at the end of the water". Located on the river, Occoquan was a natural site for water-borne commerce. By 1765, it flourished as an industrial settlement with grist mills and tobacco warehouses. The Merchant’s Mill was the first automated grist mill in the nation. It operated for 175 years until destroyed by fire. During the Civil War, the post office passed letters and packages between North and South. Although fire and river silting have caused hardships for Occoquan, the town has survived and thrived. Today, it serves as one of the top places to go in Virginia as a charming restored artist’s community with shops, outdoor dining, ghost walks and more.
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