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 not everyday you can celebrate the acquisition of the home of the town’s namesake on the same day that West Virginia became a state.” -Bill Buettin