Occoquan Historical Society
(Formerly Historic Occoquan, Inc.)
on us February 25, 2012, as Occoquan continues its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of
the Civil War.
At 10:30 a.m., visit Town Hall to hear Robert Alton, the author of Strategm 1861, lecture on the early history of the Civil War in northern Virginia.
At 11:30 a.m., join us on the other end of town for a re-enactment of one of the several skirmishes of the Civil War that occurred in Occoquan. On February 3, 1862, Companies H & I of the 3rd Michigan Infantry on the north side of the Occoquan River surprised and exchanged fire with Confederate troops drilling in Occoquan under the command of Wade Hampton. Learn what stopped the armed exchange on that wintry day. Brady's Michigan Sharpshooters will re-enact the original event at approximately 11:30 a.m., with troops stationed both at Occoquan Regional Park on the north side of the river and at Mamie Davis Park in Occoquan. Afterward, you can visit the Sharpshooters at their encampment near the Tourist Information Center (200 Mill Street) and see them drill and do firearm demonstrations.
Cap the day off with a stroll through Historic Occoquan and visit some of our wonderful shops, restaurants and our Mill House Museum! Sign up on Facebook (do so by clicking here) no later than February 23, 2012, and you can pick up a voucher at the Tourist Information Center between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on February 25 that entitles you to 10% off an entree at Madigan's Waterfront Restaurant, the Blue Arbor Cafe, the Garden Kitchen, and Tastefully Yours (other restaurants/shops may be added later). The voucher can be picked up and used only on February 25.
This day's activities are sponsored by the Occoquan Historical Society, the Town of Occoquan, and Occoquan Regional Park.
Join on us July 31, 2010, as Occoquan commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by re-enacting one of the earliest Civil War-related events to occur in Prince William County. On July 4, 1860, a group of approximately sixty men erected on the property of one their members, Joseph T. Janney, a flagpole from which they flew a U.S. flag and a pennant bearing the names of Abraham Lincoln and his running mate, Hannibal Hamlin. A little more than three weeks later, some forty members of the Prince William Militia rode into town, and despite the protestations of Mr. Janney, who presented the militia commander with a petition asking that he respect private property, the militia chopped down the "liberty pole" to the jeers of the Lincoln supporters and the cheers of southern sympathizers. In the subsequent Presidential election in November, Abraham Lincoln received only 55 votes in Prince William County--all of those votes came from Occoquan.
Visit the Town of Occoquan as we present a day of Civil War commemoration activities built around a re-enactment of the liberty pole incident. In addition to the re-enactment we will have a 19th century mourning and medical display in town hall, live period music in Mamie Davis Park, book signings by historians, two historical lectures at Rockledge mansion, free boat tours on the Occoquan with narration on the river's role in the Civil War, and special period children's activities. We have spaced out the day's activities so you will have time to participate in whatever you like and still have plenty of time to shop and eat in beautiful, historic Occoquan--there will even be limited free shuttle bus service from selected commuter lots!
Schedule of Events
July 31, 2010
10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Mourning Museum & Medical Display (Town Hall)
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Lecture on the "Liberty Pole Incident" (Rockledge Mansion)
12:30 p.m. Liberty Pole Re-enactment (NW end of Mill Street)
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Live Period Music (Mamie Davis Park)
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Free Boat Tours*
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Book Signings (Various Shops)
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Children's Activities (The Storytellers)
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lecture on the "Liberty Pole Incident" (Rockledge Mansion)
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Live Period Music (Mamie Davis Park)
Limited free shuttle transportation will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from the commuter lots at the corner of Minnieville and Old Bridge Roads, and at the corner of Old Bridge Road and Route 123.
*Timed advance tickets for the boat tours will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:00 a.m. at the information booth in Mamie Davis Park.
--And do not forget Occoquan's Farmers Market, every Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to Noon, including on July 31--