Mt. Bethel Retreat Center
The Retreat Center is owned by the Mt. Bethel Baptist Association of DC, MD and VA (MTBBA). In its early days, dating back to 1898, the 75-acre parcel was a haven for African American church members who gathered on the banks of the Potomac River for picnics, baptisms, and carnivals. They were welcomed at very few other places.
January 26, 1898, Trustees of the Mt. Bethel Association purchased a 75.12 tract of land lying on the Potomac River in the county of King George, state of Virginia, known as a part of Mathias Point. It was known as “Old Folks Home”. It cost six hundred dollars ($600.00). It was recorded in the clerk’s office of King George County on June 25, 1898. The property included bathing quarters, recreational and boating grounds, timber and a facility structure for overnight sleeping quarters, and was paid off in three (3) years after making a one hundred dollar ($100) down payment.
Reportedly, John Wilkes Booth crossed the Potomac River and came ashore on Mt. Bethel property when he fled Washington, DC after assassinating President Abraham Lincoln.
As times changed, so did MTBBA - now comprised of more than 30 churches in Washington, Maryland and Virginia. The facilities on the picturesque banks of the Potomac River are currently rented out for retreats, weddings, church gatherings and family reunions.
The Retreat Center facilities include “The Pavilion” which accommodates up to 400 people for receptions, workshops, conferences, etc. For such affairs, your caterer of choice will feel right at home in the commercial kitchen. “The Mansion” building features overnight lodging space for 40+ persons and a multi-purpose area for dining and relaxation. The Mansion also has screened porches and a deck to take in the picturesque scenery along the Potomac. It’s the perfect place for quiet respite.
While priority is given to MTBBA members, everyone is welcome! Activities typically hosted are youth and adult retreats, workshops, learning institutes, family and/or class reunions, milestone celebrations, weddings/receptions, picnics, and other related gatherings. Guests engage in recreational activities such as boating, fishing, walking, jogging, volleyball, basketball, and softball.
Interested in bringing your group to The Retreat Center?
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