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The name “Rising Sun” is taken from the Rising Sun Tavern in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The tavern is located in the house built by Charles Washington in 1760 and where he lived before he moved to Happy Retreat. The house became a tavern in 1792. It is now owned and operated by the Washington History Museums

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December 2016 Rising Sun Newsletter

December 2016 Rising Sun Newsletter

Two momentous events marked the year that draws to a close. First, in June the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Happy Retreat a National Treasure. We cannot begin to express our gratitude to the National Trust for this immense and humbling honor. The National Treasure designation is not simply a plaque to hang on the wall. It is a commitment between the Trust and our Board to work together to bring to life our plans for Happy Retreat. This work began even before the National ... read more

April 2016 Rising Sun Newsletter

April 2016 Rising Sun Newsletter

“Ask us in a year,” is the answer to most questions about Happy Retreat, questions such as, “When was the stone kitchen built?” or, “Is this an original window?” or, “What was this room used for when Charles Washington lived here?” We are just beginning to unravel the complicated history of the house. Early on, we were fortunate to have Matt Webster, who is now Director, Grainger Department of Architectural Preservation at Colonial Williamsburg, help us estimate the history of the ... read more

January 2016 Rising Sun Newsletter

January 2016 Rising Sun Newsletter

2015 was a momentous year in which our nine year effort to acquire and preserve Happy Retreat finally bore fruit.At the end of 2014, the City of Charles Town, under the leadership of Mayor Peggy Smith, stepped forward with an agreement to purchase 10 acres of the 12.3 acre Happy Retreat property. This reduced the amount of money Friends of Happy Retreat needed to buy the house and remaining 2.3 acres.  read more