Past Events

December 16th from noon to 4:00pm:  The Historic Claymont Mansion will be holding a Holiday Open House and Fundraiser open to the public.  The Claymont Mansion, built in 1812 by Bushrod Corbin Washington,  is the grandest of all the Washington Family homes.   There will be $5 entrance fee per adult for a self guided tour featuring the history and architectural features of the mansion.  Light refreshments... Read more
A Happy Christmas At Happy Retreat! Thanks to all who came to our "Happy Christmas at Happy Retreat" Open House. It was a huge success. Special thanks to the young singers from Wright Denny Intermediate School!   The Open House, which was free and open to the public, displayed Happy Retreat decorated in period holiday finery and featured holiday cookies, cider, and music for all,... Read more
Happy Retreat will be hosting its second book club meeting October 3 at 7 pm! The book discussed will be "Sarah Johnson's Mount Vernon" by Scott Casper. Dr. Casper will be in attendance to lead the discussion. Membership is free and all are welcome to attend. The book will be available at Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown. Four Seasons will also be graciously donating 15%... Read more
Purchase Tickets Online Please join us on Saturday, September 9, 2017, for the second annual Happy Retreat Craft Beer and Music Festival, held on the historic grounds of Happy Retreat, former home of Charles Town founder Charles Washington, brother of George Washington and certified National Treasure by the National Trust of Historic Preservation. The event will feature music all day from touring bands as well... Read more
JEFFERSON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 7th Annual Jefferson County Civil War Seminar Tuesday, June 20 9 am – 4:15 pm Final plans are being made for the Seventh Annual Jefferson County Civil War Seminar to be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. The seminar is sponsored by the Charles Town Library Civil War Roundtable and the Jefferson County Historical Society. The seminar will be held at... Read more
We are excited to announce the formation of The Happy Retreat Book Club. The Club will choose several books a year to read and discuss. The first book will be The Grand Idea, George Washington’s Potomac and the Race to the West, by Joel Achenbach. This book tells the story of George Washington’s trek across the Appalachians to what was then the western frontier –... Read more
Sponsors Ticket Prices:   VIP -  $50 General admission - $30 in advance/$35 at the gate Designated Driver (non-drinking) - $20 Children 12 & under - free VIP ticket holders had the chance to participate in one of three wine tasting classes.   The classes were taught by Simone FM Spinner, MH, CSW, CWE, adjunct professor of wine studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.... Read more
The Craft Beer & Music Festival will be held on September 10, 2016 at Happy Retreat. Purchase Tickets Online On Saturday, September 10, 2016, Charles Town will host Jefferson County’s first ever beer and music festival. The festival will be hosted on the grounds of Happy Retreat, the historic home of Charles Washington, brother of George Washington and the town’s founder. Happy Retreat was recently announced as West Virginia’s first National... Read more
The BBQ Picnic at Cedar Lawn will take place on Saturday, June 18th, 2016 at 5pm. Please contact us for details.
Visit the symposium website for the official schedule and to RSVP. This year's Phi Alpha Theta symposium will be held on April 8 and 9 at Happy Retreat, home of Charles Washington, George Washington’s younger brother, and the founder of Charles Town, West Virginia. The symposium will bring awareness to the Happy Retreat home; a former home of the Washington's and currently the subject of local... Read more