Of that, FOHR will pay $425,000 and the City will pay $350,000. Closing on the sale will take place by the end of June. The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia included Happy Retreat on its Endangered Property List in 2010.
FOHR plans to restore the house to be used as center for culture and history. It will showcase the role George Washington and the Washington family played in the early settlement of what is now Jefferson County. The City will include the 10 acre portion it is buying in a planned linear park along Evitts Run, which flows through the west end of Charles Town. Walking trails will connect the two properties, and will include access to the gravesites of Charles Washington and his wife Mildred.
FOHR launched its fundraising campaign at the end of January. For further information, please visit http://www.happyretreat.org.
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