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Charles Washington’s Happy Retreat is the 1780 home of Charles Washington, founder of Charles Town and youngest brother of George Washington.  The Friends of Happy Retreat is a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization working to purchase, restore, develop, and operate the historic Happy Retreat for public enjoyment and education, for encouragement of area economic development through heritage tourism, and for the enrichment of community life through programs in the arts, culture, and history.
For updates on Charles Washington’s Happy Retreat, please visit The Project page!

Join us to support Charles Washington’s Happy Retreat!  It’s easy to contribute your tax-deductible gift through our secure link with Network for Good.


Or you may send your donation by check made payable to “Friends of Happy Retreat” to:

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

Thank you!




The Friends of Happy Retreat
cordially invite you to attend

2014 The Harvest Ball

dancing to the sounds of
The Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra

on Saturday, the twentieth of September
two thousand and fourteen
at six o’clock in the evening

Claymont Mansion
667 Huyett Road
Charles Town, West Virginia

Attendance is limited to 125. Tickets are $100 per person and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. To purchase tickets contact the Treasurer.

Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served from six to seven o’clock, followed by a dinner buffet at seven o’clock in the evening, dancing will commence at eight o’clock until eleven o’clock.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Friends of Happy Retreat and its effort to secure the purchase of Happy Retreat.

Claymont is the most elaborate of the Washington plantation homes built in Jefferson County, West Virginia (then Virginia). It was built in 1820 by Bushrod Corbin Washington, grandson of George Washington’s younger brother John Augustine Washington. The house destroyed by fire in 1838 was rebuilt by Bushrod Corbin Washington in 1840 using the original walls and is the Georgian style brick Mansion that stands today. Claymont is owned by the Claymont Society for Continuous Education a non-profit educational organization.

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