Happy Retreat Request for Qualifications

Support Happy Retreat

Join us to transform Charles Washington’s Happy Retreat to be the gateway to the rich heritage of Charles Town and West Virginia’s Washington Family

Payment Methods

Please send your pledges and tax-deductible contributions to:

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

You also may make your contribution with your credit card through the link below.



Please consider donating your time.

Volunteers are needed to help with many projects such as maintenance of Happy Retreat, leading interpretive programs as a docent and conducting research on historic properties.

Please reach out if you are interested in volunteering with us. 

For the past several years, many committed supporters have helped to secure the future for Charles Washington’s Happy Retreat, the 1780 home of the founder of Charles Town, West Virginia, for community benefit, for public enjoyment and for heritage education.

Happy Retreat is seeking donations to meet expenses to operate the mansion and property, as well as to continue our restoration efforts. Please consider a donation – every contribution whether small or large will support our effort to transform this property into a unique community asset. 

The Friends of Happy Retreat began working several years ago with the Gavin Family to pursue an ambitious vision for this beautiful historic estate.

In 2015, Dr. Taylor Fithian and his wife Margie made a major gift for acquisition of the property, along with a generous donation from American Public University. Since then, many donors have supported the restoration of the mansion and historic buildings at Happy Retreat. 

Join us in continuing this transformation of Happy Retreat into the gateway to the rich heritage of Charles Town and West Virginia’s Washington Family.