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Viewfinder: Enjoy the Scenery of Historic Occoquan

Local photographer shares snapshots of Historic Occoquan taken on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 12.

Dating to the early 18th century, the town of Occoquan was built principally around tobacco and milling industries.  The name comes from a Dogue Indian word meaning "end of the waters," indicating the confluence of the Occoquan River and the nearby Potomac River.  

Rich in history—the old mill, which operated for over 175 years before fire destroyed it in 1924, was the first automated gristmill in the country—and fascinating ghostly hauntings, Occoquan today is known for its small shops and restaurants.  Locals as well as out-of-state visitors enjoy spending the day in this charming town.

Lisa R. Johnson April 22, 2011 at 02:47 PM
There are more beautiful shops and architecture on Commerce Street. Our wonderful is more than just Mill Street. Come explore!
Stephanie Dupal-Demartin May 02, 2011 at 09:33 PM
Lisa: I shoot and write one Viewfinder article per week; you will see much more of Occoquan in the coming weeks. I try to keep each shoot logically framed: in this case, the subtopic was Mill Street. If there are particular spots you would like to see in Viewfinder, please let me know! Steph
miriam May 06, 2011 at 01:46 AM
Some of my favorite spots! Look forward to seeing more!
Emmanuelle Dupal May 18, 2011 at 11:01 PM
I have wonderful memories of beautiful Occoquan in January !
Allie Guidry July 06, 2011 at 01:19 PM
Hi Stephanie, The two tall townhouses at the end of Mill Street are technically not 'historic'. They were built in the 1970's, using old materials so they would blend in with the town. Still, they are very cool looking structures!
Rachel Leon (Editor) July 06, 2011 at 01:48 PM
The 1970s sound pretty historic to a young squirt like me! All joking aside, thanks for your comment, Allie.
Stephanie Dupal-Demartin July 06, 2011 at 10:14 PM
Good point, Allie! I was referring to the general history of the town for that Viewfinder's title. Other structures, such as the gazebo and weathervane also don't make the historic cut. (Unless you're a spring chicken...ahem, hem...Rachel!)
Jan Cunard August 29, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Buildings have to be at least 50 years old to be considered as historic. Glad I'm not a building!

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