News & Announcements

The latest news and announcements from Friends of Happy Retreat.

November 2022 Rising Sun Newsletter

November 2022 Rising Sun Newsletter

It has been a very good year for Happy Retreat. A lot has happened this year to move us toward our goal of completing the restoration of Happy Retreat and its grounds, as is further detailed in this newsletter. read more

Charlestown, 1863: Outpost and Home

Charlestown, 1863: Outpost and Home

Date: October 29, 2022

On Saturday, October 29th, living historians will be depicting the Autumn of 1863 at Happy Retreat. Come meet soldiers of the United States Army’s 9th Maryland Infantry and the citizens of Charles Town. Smell the campfire, see ... read more

Our New Colonial Herb Garden

Our New Colonial Herb Garden

The Friends of Happy Retreat are proud to show off their new Colonial Herb Garden thanks to the great work of our local NSDAR Bee Line Chapter Registrar Heidi Ware's planning and managing with the assistance of the Chapter Historian, ... read more

The Stone Kitchen/Smoke House Dedication

The Stone Kitchen/Smoke House Dedication

The Stone Kitchen/Smoke House Dedication at Happy Retreat was held on June 18th, 2022. Photos from the event can be viewed below.Photos of the inside of the newly restored Stone KitchenEvent Gallery read more

History at it’s best: “Keeping it in the Family Series”

History at it’s best: “Keeping it in the Family Series”

By Marjorie Gaestel, Happy Retreat Historian And the beat goes on, the heartbeat that is. The Friends of Happy Retreat are happy to introduce you to a new Happy Retreat ancestor, Jesse David Washington. Jesse David Washington, son of ... read more

October 2021 Restoration Update

October 2021 Restoration Update

Showroom Great progress has been made on the restoration of the Show Room. As reported in the May issue, a window which exactly replicates the original window in the east wall has been installed in the west wall, replacing a 20th ... read more

October 2021 Rising Sun Newsletter

October 2021 Rising Sun Newsletter

In March of this year, I received a phone call from Katie Tertell, who told me she was calling from Ireland. She is a cellist and said she was organizing the first ever Appalachian Chamber Music Festival. She asked if Happy Retreat ... read more

Intensive Chamber Music Workshop

Intensive Chamber Music Workshop

Date: August 18, 2021

An inspiring, unforgettable day that will cultivate your love of chamber music. This is a half-day, intensive chamber music experience. No previous chamber music experience necessary. We welcome applications of all levels and ... read more

Appalacian Chamber Music Festival Programs Announced!

Appalacian Chamber Music Festival Programs Announced!

The Appaclacian Chamber Music Festival announced the festival programs for this summer! read more

The Ownership of Happy Retreat by the Hammond Family, 1800-1837

The Ownership of Happy Retreat by the Hammond Family, 1800-1837

As detailed in previous issues of our newsletter, Charles and Mildred Washington were forced by poverty and ill health to deed their interest in Happy Retreat, consisting of the house, outbuildings and about 800 acres, to their son ... read more