Occoquan River, Virginia
I like to escape to the small riverfront town of Occoquan every now and then, which is about 20 minutes from home. The river was crucial for water-borne commerce from Virginia’s earliest settlement days. It’s fun to imagine the Dogue Indians fishing and canoeing, or the hustle and bustle of a busy town with cotton and grist mills, foundries, and a tobacco warehouse. The Merchant Mill, which operated here for 175 years, was the first automated grist mill in the nation. After grain was unloaded from cargo ships and processed, it was boated up to places like New York and Philadelphia.
Hmmmm. Mill + grain + bakery = pies. Okay, so I’m obsessed.
Visit all the other LJ hometowns listed on Cindy Lord’s blog!
Next time: my favorite Occoquan haunt