Is There a Spectre Haunting Occoquan?

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Andrew Mills

Author Andrew Mills

Is there a spectre haunting Occoquan?  “Yes,” says local author and historian Andrew Mills, “and more than one.”

Mills will be at D’Rocco’s Restaurant at 301 Mill St. on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to answer questions about his new book, Haunted Prince William County.  D’Rocco’s Restaurant (formerly the Occoquan Inn) is situated in an historic building dating back to the early 1800s. It has its very own ghost that opens and closes doors and sometimes appears in a haunted mirror.

According to Mills, with a nearly three-hundred-year history, Prince William County has more than its fair share of haunted tales and scary spots. Ghosts still haunt the battlefield at Manassas, including the Ben Lomond Plantation, site of a Civil War-era hospital. The jailhouse in Brentsville keeps many of its captives in ghostly form. The Weems Botts House, home of George Washington’s biographer, Parson Weems, is still haunted by the spirit of one of its owners.  There are many other ghosts too.

Born and raised in Prince William County, historian Andrew Mills has worked as a tour guide with Alexandria Colonial Tours and helps interpret George Washington’s Mount Vernon. He re-enacts at Rippon Lodge and provides historical insight for visitors coming to the Northern Virginia area. He has been featured on Destination America and C-Span, and his TV program Virginia Time Travel has been airing episodes since 2006.


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