Mission and History
The Occoquan Historical Society (OHS) is a 501(c)(3) charitable not-for-profit organization operating as a non-stock corporation under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Originally founded in 1969 as Historic Occoquan, Inc. (the name was changed in 2008), its purpose is to preserve, protect and restore structures and sites of historical and architectural interest associated with the Town of Occoquan and the surrounding area, and generally to foster and promote interest in the Town and the area's heritage. Among its various activities the Society operates the Mill House Museum. Located at 413 Mill Street in the Town of Occoquan, this historic structure contains an eclectic mix of items and artifacts stretching back more than two hundred years. There one may also find a variety of publications of local interest, include the Society’s newsletter, The Mill Racer. For more than forty years the members of OHS have worked diligently to preserve the memory of Occoquan's past.
The Occoquan Historical Society's Mill House Museum, located at 413 Mill Street in the Town of Occoquan, is open every day of the year (weather permitting) from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except Christmas day and New Year's. Admission is free, but donations are welcome and much appreciated.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Occoquan Historical Society for the period through June 30, 2020, consists of the following individuals:
Earnie Porta, Treasurer
Marge Shaffer, President
Dr. James Walbert
In honor of their foresight and commitment to Occoquan's heritage, we list here the founding board members of what was then known in 1969 as Historic Occoquan, Inc.:
C. Lacey Compton, Jr., Woodbridge
Jesse R. Curtis, Occoquan
Charles L. Deanne, Occoquan
Margaret F. Gets, Occoquan
Stanley R. Herndon, Occoquan
Edison M. Lynn, Jr., Woodbridge
Martha Lynn, Occoquan
Joan Rainwater, Occoquan
June Randolph, Occoquan
James E. Timberlake, Occoquan
The Board of Directors of the Occoquan Historical Society meets the second Thursday of every month at 5:00 p.m., generally either at the Mill House Museum or the Occoquan Town Hall. In June, OHS holds its annual membership meeting on the second Thursday of the month, with the location announced in advance of the meeting in accordance with the bylaws.