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This week we’re highlighting some of the historic Washington homes that can be found around Jefferson County!

Today we’re featuring—Happy Retreat.

Charles Washington (1738-1799), youngest full brother of George Washington, oversaw the construction of Happy Retreat in 1780. In 1786, Charles laid out the streets of Charles Town, naming many of them after the Washington family.

The house is currently owned by the Friends of Happy Retreat, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to acquire, restore, and preserve Happy Retreat for public use. For more information, see

Photo shows the parlor of Happy Retreat, prior to 1940.

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