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Happy Retreat is being renovated and will hold events for the public. By Nina Kapur | nkapur@whag.com Published 06/24 2016 05:22PM CHARLESTOWN, W Va. West Virginia has a long list of historical sights, but one location in Charles Town is the first to be put on the official list of National Treasures. The home of George Washington’s brother, Charles Washington, just became a National Treasure.... Read more
Washington Family Home Named a National Treasure Nation’s largest preservation organization partners with Friends of Happy Retreat to create a new cultural center for Charles Town community Washington (June 18, 2016) – Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation added Happy Retreat to their growing portfolio of National Treasures. The National Trust will work with the City of Charles Town and Friends of Happy Retreat to... Read more
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A brick garage was built behind Happy Retreat by C. Magnus Conklyn and his brother, J.P Conklyn, who owned the property from 1920 until 1945. Its design mimics the Greek Revival architectural style of the portions of the house built in the 1830’s. Plans are underway to convert the garage into a 700 square foot welcome and orientation center to house displays and exhibits. The standing seam roof,... Read more
Pictured here is removal of the screen porch which was built in the 1960s. As the porch foundation was removed, a set of stone steps was unearthed. Documentary and photographic evidence indicates these steps were added in the 1940s and are not original to the house. The stone kitchen and smokehouse have been stabilized to prevent any further deterioration.
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
The Friends of Happy Retreat was selected to receive Preservation Alliance of West Virginia’s 2015 Most Significant Save of an Endangered Site Award for the acquisition of Happy Retreat. Friends of Happy retreat was nominated for this award because of the recent success in acquiring Happy Retreat - a 2010 WV Endangered Property and for the persistence in fundraising and planning to obtain this goal.