- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Charles Town founder Charles Washington’s home, Happy Retreat, has been purchased.

Walter Washington, the president of the Friends of Happy Retreat nonprofit group, tells The Journal (https://bit.ly/1KKcEL7) that the City of Charles Town purchased 10 acres of the 12.3-acre property for $350,000 and the group purchased the remaining 2.3 acres for $425,000.

Although the property was in good condition when purchased, Walter Washington says there’ll be restoration efforts focused on some rooms of the house, two outbuildings, a kitchen and a smokehouse.

Upcoming plans for Happy Retreat would make it into a cultural center for art, history, events and education. Walter Washington says the acres purchased by the city will be used in a linear park.

Charles Washington, the brother of President George Washington, built Happy Retreat in 1780.

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Information from: The Journal, https://journal-news.net/


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