Our Story

Jazz In The Country (JIC) Music Festival is the brainchild of Rev. Larry Robinson, Pastor of Little Ark Baptist Church in King George VA. His congregation is one of 20+ member churches of the Mt. Bethel Baptist Association which owns the Mt. Bethel Retreat Center—home of the Jazz festival.

Their vision is to expand existing retreat facilities for community recreation—and moreover to institute summer camps for area youth. Pastor Robinson's resolve for this effort energizes organizers to strive towards making his vision a reality.

Jazz In The Country brings to King George, situated in the Northern Neck of Virginia, multi-talented national and international Jazz artists. We also aim to introduce our audience to gifted jazz artists in the local Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC areas. As well, attendees are invited to explore King George County's recreational outlets and visit the area year-round. 

We began a new tradition with our Inaugural Festival in 2019 and set the stage for annual music festivals to be held every August. Jazz lovers hear a combination of contemporary and straight-ahead jazz and celebrate the historical legacy of Mt. Bethel. 

Everyone falls in love with Mt. Bethel! - Enjoying stunning views of the Potomac River, delicious local fare, outstanding jazz and down-home hospitality at annual jazzy festivals. 

Established in 2019, Jazz In The Country, Inc. is a nonprofit 501c3 private foundation.


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 most public 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 shirleyrobinson355@yahoo.com

Catch Mt. Bethel’s Vision!

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

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 
  • 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 
  • Home of Jazz In The Country annual jazz festivals 

About King George County

Celebrated 300 Years in 2020!

King George County, "Gateway to the Historic Northern Neck," with its 131 miles of shoreline on the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers, is home to approximately 26,337 citizens who are proud of their past and excited about the community's future.

Discover acres of unspoiled natural beauty, cultural diversities and historic wealth in King George County. Steeped in history, we place a high priority on quality of life through the protection of natural, cultural and historical resources. We are a regional leader in pro-active and progressive planning, development and governmental services.

The County offers a unique perspective of a changing Virginia. It's part of the Fredericksburg region, located between the Washington/Richmond metropolitan areas; offering the serenity of Virginia's scenic Northern Neck.

King George County is traversed by two major thoroughfares—US Routes 3 and 301. You will find a growing state-of-the-art fiber optics and telecommunications network; and the County serves as home to the Naval Surface Warfare Center—Dahlgren Division, one of the world's premier research and development centers and one of the region's largest employers.

READ MORE at www.kinggeorgecountyva.gov/

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