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The Jefferson County Arts Council staged its first annual Artober event at Happy Retreat from October 1 through October 17. Artists of all kind – painters, sculptors, wood workers, musicians, poets, photographers, writers and even comedians ---displayed their talents in rooms throughout the house. ArtOber , which was free to the public, was Happy Retreat’s introduction to the community. Over 150 people attended the opening night.
The Friends of Happy Retreatcordially invited people to attendThe Fall Galapresented Solos & Ensembles by The Charles Washington Symphony Orchestra On Sunday, the thirteenth of September, 2015 in the evening at Claymont Mansion
On Saturday June 20th it was announced that Happy Retreat had been acquired by Charles Town and Friends of Happy Retreat. Friends have the house, outbuildings and 2 acres while the City holds the balance of about 10 acres. Planning is now underway to allow public uses for all of the property "Congratulations to Friends of Happy Retreat and City of Charles (Washington) Town. It's... Read more
FOHR held a Harvest Ball at the Claymont Mansion on September 20,2014. Sponsored by Bank of Charles Town and City National Bank, it was attended by some eighty guests, Cocktails and a buffet dinner were followed by introductions of special quests and entertainment by the Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra.    
On September 14, 2013, FOHR held a Harvest Ball at the Claymont Mansion, with some one hundred attendees. Cocktails and a buffet dinner were followed by entertainment and dancing to the Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra. Claymont is the most elaborate of the Washington plantation homes built in Jefferson County, West Virginia (then Virginia). It was built in 1820 by Bushrod Corbin Washington, grandson of George Washington’s... Read more

On January 8, 2012, members of the FOHR board visited Mount Vernon and were given an extensive tour of the Mansion, outbuildings, gardens and the Tomb of George and Martha Washington . Board Officer, Walter Washington, a direct descendent of Samuel Washington, the brother of President Washington and Charles Washington, recited a Washington Family prayer at the Tomb.