Occoquan – a quaint (but picturesque) town of about 1000 people in Virginia’s Prince William County. It’s cute, it’s breathtaking, historic, and adventurous all at the same time. Here’s why:
According to its official historic website, “historicoccoquan.com”, the “Occoquan valley was settled by the Dogue Indians” who gave the area its name, meaning “at the head of the water” or “at the end of the water.” (Captain John Smith himself explored the waters of the Occoquan River in the early 1600s.)
Because of its small population and proximity to the river and diverse fauna and flora, Occoquan has become the ideal small town with a close-knit community. Adding to the town’s aesthetic are a variety of different shops, including antique shops, boutiques, and even art galleries that are well worth the visit.
Thanks to its amazing scenery, this small town welcomes a larger population during the Summer and Winter holidays. (I haven’t had a chance to see this for myself, but apparently this little town transforms into a “Winter Wonderland” during Christmas, so I will definitely be making a trip this December.)
As part of the “River Mill Park” area, the “LOVE” sign sits right above a green hill that leads to the Occoquan River. It’s a perfect spot to take a picture with family or friends (as you can see above) and it adds to the many reasons for visiting this area.
Nevertheless, Virginia and the DMV area are full of fascinating and historic towns, so no matter which one you choose to visit, you’re sure to leave with amazing pictures and a new appreciation for our country and its history.