Occoquan Historical Society

(Formerly Historic Occoquan, Inc.)

(Formerly Historic Occoquan, Inc.)


Featured Items from the Museum

Iron Tobacco Cutter

Above is an iron tobacco cutter that is on display at the Mill House Museum. Cupples Co. made this particular cutter, which was used in the Ogle Harris & Sons Grocery Store once located at 204 Mill Street. Chewing tobacco was sold in bars, but if a customer wanted a smaller portion the store keeper would cut off a plug that could then be popped in the mouth between cheek and gum. . . .

Click here to continue reading about the iron tobacco cutter and Ogle Harris's store.

Model of the Merchants' Mill

Occoquan Town Council Member Dr. James Walbert designed and handcrafted the model shown above of Occoquan's 18th century Merchants' Mill.  Dr. Walbert used old photographs and drawings of the mill to guide his efforts.  The scale is 1/4 inch = 1 foot.  On December 8, 2011, Dr. Walbert presented the model to the Occoquan Historical Society, where it will be displayed in the Mill House Museum.  This is the first and only model reproduction of the mill of which we are aware.

John Underwood

A special exhibit at the museum on John Underwood -- Occoquan resident and abolitionist.

Welcome to the web site of the Occoquan Historical Society, an organization dedicated to telling the story of Occoquan.  Thank you for visiting.  Enjoy exploring both our site and our town, and come back often for information on upcoming events.  Please also consider supporting our efforts by joining the Society or making a donation.  You may do either by clicking here.

Upcoming Events:

Children's Writing Clinic

The Occoquan Historical Society invites elementary school children to join local author Jamey M. Long for a writing clinic on Saturday, October 25, at the Occoquan Town Hall.  Children will develop their own story line and character in this 90 minute class. All supplies are provided and our young authors will leave with a signed copy of Johnny Appleseed written by Jamey M. Long! Registration is required along with a $25 fee. Class times are 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Call the Mill House Museum daily from 11-4 at 703-491-7525 to register. Please provide the child’s name, age, address and phone number. An adult contact name is also required.  You may also send the required information to: curator@occoquanhistoricalsociety.org.

Milling Demonstrations

Children will have the opportunity to use a hand turned mill to grind wheat into flour.  They will take home the flour they mill.  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6,
August 3, September 7, October 5

****Slide Show****
Civil War Sesquicentennial Reenactment Event
Occoquan, VA -- July 31, 2010
Slide Show Courtesy of Boyd Alexander
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