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Happy Retreat, the stately Federal/Greek Revival style home of Charles Washington, founder of Charles Town and brother of our first President, stands on a hill overlooking Charles Town, surrounded by 12 acres of sloping lawns and woods. The non-profit Friends of Happy Retreat (FOHR) is partnering with the City of Charles Town to acquire, restore, and preserve Happy Retreat for public use. Under this innovative partnership arrangement, the City has bought ten acres of the Happy Retreat property to incorporate into a grand park that will extend throughout the west end of Charles Town along scenic Evitts Run. FOHR has bought the Happy Retreat mansion, out buildings and surrounding two acres of land. FOHR will restore the house and its 18th Century outbuildings to use as a center for history, heritage tourism, scholarship, culture, and other events.

Happy Retreat is being renovated and will hold events for the public. By Nina Kapur | 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