Originally part of Virginia, the Town of Charles was founded in 1786. It was developed by Colonel Charles Washington – hence the name – and should not be confused with the state capital, Charleston. Washington, the youngest brother of President George Washington, lived at the pale pink brick Happy Retreat circa 1780, which is now the seat of the Jefferson County Historical Society. His downtown office, with a historic landmark, is still located on North Lawrence Street.
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