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For sale: W.Va. home with Washington family ties

Saturday - 6/22/2013, 9:36am  ET

This April 13, 2013 image provided by Historic Homes Marketing Group shows a bedroom at Happy Retreat, the estate of Charles Washington, founder of Charles Town and younger brother of President George Washington, which is up for sale. Happy Retreat was built in 1780 on 12 acres on the edge of Charles Town, W.Va. (AP Photo/Gary Geston)

JOHN RABY
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A 12-acre estate in the Eastern Panhandle with ties to President George Washington's family is up for sale.

Happy Retreat was built more than 230 years ago by Charles Washington, who's the founder of Charles Town and the brother of George Washington. Bill Gavin bought the property in 1968. He died in 2010, and no one is currently living there.

Real estate agent Gary Gestson says Gavin's family wants to sell the property to someone who appreciates its historical significance. The asking price is about $900,000. The two-story home on the property has eight bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Charles Washington, credited with founding Charles Town, started building the home in 1780 and lived there until his death in 1799. Gestson says George Washington's diaries mention his visits to Happy Retreat.


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