I was just thinking of this event a few days ago. I used to go yearly. It is unbelievable. You waive your way through gobs of people but the crafts and the displays and the food are wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. If you are in the area, check it out. It is a JOY!
It's time for the Summer 2013 Occoquan Craft Fair held annually on the 1st weekend in June. The 2013 schedule is:
Saturday June 1st-10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday, June 2nd-10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
The fair takes place along the streets of Historic Occoquan. In addition to the crafters, the merchants of Occoquan and the restaurants in town are open for business too. The Occoquan Craft Fair is a local tradition that has been going on twice a year for twenty-five years.
For anyone coming to the Occoquan Craft Fair be aware you can't drive into town. As always the streets in Occoquan are closed down and parking is at 3 commuter parking lots. You can park in the Tacketts Mill Lot, the Old Hechinger Lot (Route 123 & Old Bridge Road) and at the Vulcan Quarry off 123 in Fairfax County. Each shuttle bus is marked with the color of the lot where you parked. The busses run every 15-25 mintues from 7 AM to 7 PM. If you want a little exercise you can park at the Old Hechinger lot and walk the 1/2 mile to the fair. The shuttle is $4.00 for adults and free for children under 12.
For history buffs take time to stop in the Mill House Museum located at the end of Mill Street on the river. The museum contains a number of artificats from the towns history going back into the mid-1700's. Though the Town of Occoquan by today's standards is a sleepy little town it was at one time a bustling. It started as an 18th century mill town and was prospering by 1765 with a grist mill, tobacco warehouses and foundry.
As one of the high water points of the Occoquan River at the time, Occoquan became not only a successful commercial area it also attracted weekend tourists from DC who came to stay at the Rockledge Hotel. The town was officially established in 1804 and the streets and neighborhood lots were officially laid out. By the mid 1850's there were 50 homes and business, including the first commercial ice storage warehouse. By the beginning of the 20th century the town was in its heyday. With hotels, theater, shops and a wharf where ships could dock the town was a social center for the area.
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