About Tastefully Yours
The House at 406 Mill Street, the oldest home in Occoquan, was built in 1750. It was once a residence for prominent locals during the early days of the old mill town. During some restoration work a confederate officer's coffee mug was unearthed between its log walls. Residents through the years have recounted stories of their chance encounters with the house ghost who seems to be female and gentle in nature but definitely likes to arrange furnishings and play tricks upon her house guests. After sitting empty for over a year and a half "The House" is now privately owned. It again welcomes the weary traveler/shopper to stop and refresh and indulge in samplings of many fine gourmet food and treats.
Did Washington Drip Here?
For a period of time, the man who operated the town ferry lived in this house. When he was a surveyor, young George Washington crossed the Occoquan River by ferry several miles down from the town, when, for some reason, his horse bolted and both fell into the river. As there were few buildings in Occoquan at the time, could young George have dried off in front of the fireplace in the ferryman’s house? He may not have slept here, but he could have dried off in front of the very fireplace that still stands in our Wine Room today.
Our Tragic Ghost, Molly
It seems that in the late 1800’s the young lady living in our house was having an affair with a married property owner in Occoquan. He broke off the relationship and she, in her love depression, hanged herself in an upstairs room (our Brew Room). Her spirit is in the house today. At times a faint aroma of “rosewater perfume” is present and light footsteps can be heard upstairs. Previous owners have felt a cold hand on their shoulder when looking for items in an upstairs closet or going into the attic. We know she likes families, but does not like the dark. We leave a light on upstairs every night for Molly. When it blew out one night and left the room in darkness, we found wine bottles and coffee and tea boxes thrown on the floor. So, yes, we check each night to make sure the light is on for Molly. Be sure to greet our “spirit” with a friendly hello when venturing upstairs and about.