Located just South of DC, it’s no wonder that Prince William is the second-most populated county in Virginia. Residents of Prince William find it convenient to commute to and from their jobs in the Capitol either by taking the VRE, Metro, or by hopping in the interstate’s hot lanes. The quick trip North is also favorable for anyone interested in visiting the museums, monuments, and festivals going on in DC.

Prince William County is home to two National Parks, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, a Minor League Baseball team (a farm team for the Washington Nationals), and the historic Old Dominion Speedway. The County covers 348 square miles, 12 square miles being water, so it is no wonder there is such a diverse group of amenities.
The Occoquan River bisects Prince William and plays host to a small artisan community featuring shops, restaurants, ghost walks, and boat docks. The river gets its name from a Doeg Algonquian word meaning “at the end of the water” which gives a nod to its original inhabitants before European settlers in the 1600s.

Prince William’s school system matches the County’s record for population by being the second largest system in Virginia. There are nearly 100 schools within Prince William’s borders making the school system the largest employer in the County. In addition to elementary, middle, and high schools, George Mason University, Stratford University, and various Community and online colleges call Prince William home.


Trip Advisor lists 664 restaurants in Prince William County. It’s no surprise that these restaurants run the gamut for variety. With choices in fine dining to fast food, it seems every nation is represented! To name a few (and likely not even scratch the surface), Siamese, Lebanese, Italian, Greek, Mexican, Indian, and good old fashioned American BBQ. Of course within these categories you’ll find the usual suspects of chain restaurants, but there are an even greater number of family owned and operated locations mixed in.

Our personal favorites are Madigan’s Waterfront of Occoquan with their live music and fun atmosphere, and Harold and Cathy’s Dumfries Café where everybody knows your name.

Other Prince William favorites:

Don Pablo’s
(Enchiladas, Carnitas, Margaritas!)
10691 Davidson Pl
Manassas, VA 20110

Katerina’s Greek Cuisine
(Traditional Greek food, Vegetarian options)
9212 Center St
Manassas, VA 20110

Dixie Bones Inc.
(Shredded Pork, Delicious BBQ)
13440 Occoquan Rd
Woodbridge, VA 22191

Sites to See:

Jiffy Lube Live
(Live Concerts, Jimmy Buffet, Dave Matthews Band, Aerosmith, etc)
7800 Cellar Door Dr
Bristow, VA 20136

Potomac Mills
(Shopping, shopping, and more shopping. Over 225 stores)
2700 Potomac Mills Cir
Woodbridge, VA 22192

AMC Theatre
(18 theatres, Imax)
2700 Potomac Mills Cir
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Mill Street
(Occoquan Historic District artisan community)
100-400 Mill Street
Occoquan, VA 22125
History of Prince William:
Prince William County was originally inhabited by a smaller sub-group of the Powhatan tribe called the Doeg. It wasn’t until the 1600’s that settlers began to explore and later colonize the area along the Potomac River. The County was originally much larger, encompassing today’s Western Stafford, Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Louden Counties, and Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park Cities. It has since been scaled down, but still boasts a population of over 430,000 people.

Two significant American Civil War battles took place within the confines of Prince William. The First Battle of Manassas began July 21, 1861, and again with the Second Battle of Manassas on August 28th of 1862. These two battles are more commonly known as the Battles of Bull Run. More information about these battles can be found by visiting the Manassas National Battlefield Park.