In 1953 The Church of the Saviour, an ecumenical church in Washington, DC, purchased the property that is now Dayspring as a place for retreat. Members of the small but committed congregation spent many weekends building the Lodge of the Carpenter, which was dedicated in 1956. A few years later the Inn was completed and overnight retreats began. So Dayspring has been a place of silent retreat for over 50 years; its walls and grounds are soaked in prayer.
The retreat center is now a mission of Dayspring Church, an ecumenical Church in the tradition of the Church of the Saviour located on the Dayspring property. We remain closely connected with all of the other scattered Church of the Saviour churches and are one of several vibrant ministries of Dayspring Church.