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Charles Washington’s Happy Retreat is the 1780 home of Charles Washington, founder of Charles Town and youngest brother of George Washington.  The Friends of Happy Retreat is a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization working to purchase, restore, develop, and operate the historic Happy Retreat for public enjoyment and education, for encouragement of area economic development through heritage tourism, and for the enrichment of community life through programs in the arts, culture, and history.
For updates on Charles Washington’s Happy Retreat, please visit The Project page!

Join us to support Charles Washington’s Happy Retreat!  It’s easy to contribute your tax-deductible gift through our secure link with Network for Good.


Or you may send your donation by check made payable to “Friends of Happy Retreat” to:

Friends of Happy Retreat
P.O. Box 1427
Charles Town, West Virginia 25414
(304) 724-7956

Thank you!




As reported by the news media in late December 2014, FOHR is pleased to report that Happy Retreat is now subject to purchase contracts by the City of Charles Town and FOHR. A major donor gifts campaign will be announced later in the month of February, 2015.

Please see print and tv news reports on the Project page of the website.

Watch for further news!

Thank you to our event sponsors (Bank of Charles Town and City National Bank) and all who attended the 2014 Harvest Ball at Claymont Mansion!

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 younger brother John Augustine Washington. The house destroyed by fire in 1838 was rebuilt by Bushrod Corbin Washington in 1840 using the original walls and is the Georgian style brick Mansion that stands today. Claymont is owned by the Claymont Society for Continuous Education a non-profit educational organization.