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Mt. Bethel Retreat Center, King George, Virginia

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Mt. Bethel Retreat Center


  • 75-acre scenic waterfront property overlooking the Potomac River

  • Private gated entrance

  • Open parking area accommodating 200 +/- vehicles

  • Pier/boat ramp

  • Picnic tables

  • “The Mansion” – sleeps 40; kitchen, gathering area, restrooms w/showers

  • “The Pavilion” – enclosed with seating up to 400; commercial kitchen, river view


The Retreat Center is owned by the Mt. Bethel Baptist Association of DC, MD and VA (MTBBA). January 26, 1898, MTBBA purchased this 75-acre tract of land lying in King George County, Virginia, known as a part of Mathias Point. It cost six hundred dollars ($600.00) and included bathing quarters, recreational and boating grounds, timber and a facility structure for overnight sleeping quarters.

In its early days, Mt. Bethel 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.

As times changed, so did MTBBA - now comprised of more than 20 churches in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia.  Find more information at: mtbbadmv.org.

“The Mansion” building features overnight lodging space and a multi-purpose area for dining and relaxation. Guests enjoy the picturesque scenery from The Mansion's screened porches and the deck overlooking the Potomac River.

The Retreat Center's “Pavilion” is perfect for indoor receptions, reunions, workshops, conferences, etc., with wonderful water view. For such affairs, your caterer of choice will feel right at home in the commercial kitchen.

While priority is given to MTBBA members, everyone is welcome! Activities typically hosted are family gatherings, reunions, retreats, workshops, milestone celebrations, weddings/receptions, picnics, and other similar gatherings. Guests engage in recreational activities such as boating, fishing, walking, jogging, volleyball, basketball, and softball and relaxing on the waterfront. The Retreat Center is also an ideal spot for quiet respite.

Interested in bringing your family or group to the Retreat Center? For reservations & rates, email shirleyrobinson355@yahoo.com.