News & Announcements

April 2019 Rising Sun Newsletter

April 2019 Rising Sun Newsletter

The snow drops have already bloomed at Happy Retreat and the daffodils and forsythia are breaking forth. Several years ago, a cousin of mine named Sarah Brown, who lives in Austin, Texas, began researching the history of the people ... read more

December 2018 Rising Sun Newsletter

December 2018 Rising Sun Newsletter

We have had another successful year thanks to the support of so many people. Generous donors have helped us move forward with major restoration projects, both inside and outside the house. New roofs, gutters and downspouts and major ... read more

Event Cancellation Announcement – Happy Retreat Book Series

Event Cancellation Announcement – Happy Retreat Book Series

We regret to announce that our Book Series scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th has been canceled. To all those who had initiated correspondence or made inquiries, you will soon be receiving information about our upcoming Book Series. read more

September 2018 Rising Sun Newsletter

September 2018 Rising Sun Newsletter

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, the Bee Line Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will dedicate a plaque to honor the military service of Charles Washington (1738- 1799), founder of Charles Town and builder of Happy Retreat. ... read more

Volunteers for the Craft Beer & Music Festival – Thank you!

Volunteers for the Craft Beer & Music Festival – Thank you!

Thanks to all the people who came out to the Craft Beer & Music Festival and a special thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who made the day a lot of fun despite the weather. read more

Historic Mansion Comes to Life Through Wine & Jazz – WV Public Broadcasting

Historic Mansion Comes to Life Through Wine & Jazz – WV Public Broadcasting

West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Liz McCormick was at Happy Retreat for the 2018 Wine and Jazz Festival and put together this story about Happy Retreat and the festival: Listen to the story here read more

Volunteers for the Wine Festival – Thank you!

Volunteers for the Wine Festival – Thank you!

THANK YOU to all the community members and friends who stepped up to help with this festival! We have enough volunteers to fill all the positions so if you were thinking about volunteering, please feel free to enjoy the festival as an ... read more

Preview of Wines at the 2018 Happy Retreat Wine & Jazz Festival

Preview of Wines at the 2018 Happy Retreat Wine & Jazz Festival

Who is ready for some warmer and drier weather? We are DEFINITELY ready to kick off summer with some good food, good friends, and good wine! Here is a sampling of what you’ll find at the Wine and Jazz Festival NEXT Saturday ... read more

The Max Kool Quintet

The Max Kool Quintet

More great music is on tap for the festival next weekend!  Join us as we welcome The Max Kool Quintet!  Assembled specifically for the Happy Retreat Wine and Jazz Festival, the Max Kool Quintet is comprised of some of the finest ... read more

Happy Retreat Wine & Jazz Festival on WEPM on Panhandle Live

Happy Retreat Wine & Jazz Festival on WEPM on Panhandle Live

In case you missed the live version of it, catch Fiona Harrison and Richard Seckinger’s interview on WEPM on Panhandle Live with Hans Fogle. It was recorded on Tuesday, May 29th, and our segment starts at about 1:12:12. Listen to read more