In the early 1600s, the Occoquan River Watershed was occupied by the Dogues, an Algonquian tribe. In the Dogues' Dialect, Occoquan means "at the end of the water." The Dogues departed the area in the 1650s when the English settled the area. The Occoquan town seal commemorates the Dogues.
Occoquan has been a successful industrial settlement as well as the site of Civil War skirmishes. Today, Occoquan is known as a small community that is rich in history and full of local shops, restaurants, and businesses. With a waterfront view, outdoor dining, ghost walks, and a boat dock located only 11 miles south of the Capital Beltway, Historic Occoquan is a great place to escape.
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