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Occoquan in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Town of Occoquan

 
 
Town of Occoquan Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 18, 2006
1. Town of Occoquan Marker
Inscription.  Nathaniel Ellicott formally established the town in 1804, bringing to fruition industrial and commercial developments begun 'at or near the Falls of Occoquan' by John Ballendine c. 1750. The estuary of The Occoquan has attracted the attention of travelers since the time of John Smith. Adjacent lands were patented by the 1850s; copper was being shipped from 'King' Carter's landing, and tobacco from a public warehouse by the 1780s.
 
Erected 1976 by Prince William County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 30.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Prince William County Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1804.
 
Location. 38° 41.139′ N, 77° 15.735′ W. Marker is in Occoquan, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Mill Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is at the west end of Mill Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Occoquan VA 22125, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Town of Occoquan Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, June 4, 2019
2. Town of Occoquan Marker
Viewing north towards marker.
Note #1: The vegetation between the marker and the Occoquan River is substantially thicker than earlier images of the marker.
Note #2: The Mill House Museum is located about thirty feet to the left of the marker.
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within walking distance of this marker. Historic Occoquan (here, next to this marker); Gearwheel Assembly (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Historic Occoquan (here, next to this marker); Occoquan (a few steps from this marker); Ellicott’s Mill (a few steps from this marker); The Dogue Indians (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Historic Occoquan (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Carbide Bunker (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Occoquan.
 
Also see . . .
1. Town Web Site. (Submitted on February 18, 2006.)
2. Mill House Museum, Government of Occoquan, Virginia. Museum is located about 30 feet east of the marker. (Submitted on September 21, 2019.) 
 
Occoquan River image. Click for full size.
By David Lassman, June 4, 2019
3. Occoquan River
Viewing east from footbridge towards the river.
Looking North Across the Occoquan image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 18, 2006
4. Looking North Across the Occoquan
Merchants Mill Museum is the small building on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 18, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,146 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on August 26, 2018, by Russ Blau of Fairfax, Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on February 18, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   2, 3. submitted on September 21, 2019.   4. submitted on February 18, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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