About Mt. Bethel Retreat Center

History and More

Acquired in 1898, Mt. Bethel Retreat Center is owned by the Mt. Bethel Baptist Association of DC, MD and VA. The 75-acre tract of land sits in King George County, Virginia, known as a part of Mathias Point. Purchased for six hundred dollars ($600), included were bathing quarters, recreational and boating grounds, timber and a facility structure for overnight sleeping quarters.

In earlier days, Mt. Bethel served as a haven for African American church members who gathered on the banks of the Potomac River for picnics, baptisms, and carnivals, when not welcomed at segregated establishments. It’s legacy of community service continues.

Jazz In The Country embraces its vision to further serve community with summer youth camps and family/community oriented activities.

Typically hosted at Mt. Bethel are retreats, workshops, reunions, milestone celebrations, weddings/receptions, picnics, etc. Guests engage in recreational activities such as boating, fishing, walking, jogging, volleyball, basketball, softball and river-gazing. For rates & reservations, email

Catch Mt. Bethel’s Vision!

Your tax-deductible DONATION helps us revitalize the Retreat Center for future Youth Camps and Family/Community Activities

Project #1 - Outdoor Basketball/Tennis Court  

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Mt. Bethel Retreat Center At-A-Glance   

  • 75-acre scenic waterfront property overlooking the Potomac River 
  • Private gated entrance 
  • Open parking area accommodating 200 +/- vehicles 
  • Picnic tables 
  • “The Mansion”—sleeps 40; kitchen, gathering area,
    restrooms w/showers 
  • “The Pavilion”—enclosed with seating up to 400;
    commercial kitchen, river view 
  • Home of Jazz In The Country annual jazz festivals 

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