Occoquan, Virginia, is a step back in time. A little village of over 900 folk with one aim in mind—the visitor will be at home, find a steal-of-a-deal, and glory in a fine meal.
The town was established in 1804 and incorporated in 1874. Although impacted by major fires in 1916 and 1924, the town has reemerged with vigor.
Feeling At Home
Occoquan has an interesting motto: “Often duplicated. Never replicated.”
My friend drove me to Occoquan where we met her daughter-in-law and grandchildren. So right away you know it’s family and visitor-friendly.
There’s the feel of “old” with lampposts, quaint streets, and antiques galore.
The “new” walks the streets in the form of the police chief and head of the fire department. These men make time to befriend the three-year-old with us and smile at the baby in the stroller.
On the other hand, if you glaze over thinking about the historic aspects of Occoquan, never fear. In addition to antiquities, one can enjoy plenty of present-day attractions—the river, Mill House Museum, and Spinaweb (home of specialty weaving).
My friends bargained for vintage snack plates, books, tea cups, but the conversations began outside.
No haggling. Simple, old-fashioned banter at its best.
Antiques? I’ll share my visit to Peony Lane later this week.
They tailored their menu for a finicky three-year-old but served up an artful presentation for women looking for a culinary treat.
So if you are in the Virginia area, a side trek to
Occaquan is worth it.
Planning the visit to coincide with an Arts and Crafts Fair or a river event provides extra fun.
Tune in later this week for my tour of Peony Lane!
Until next time, what is your favorite side trip?