The ninety acres of property that would eventually become Shalom House Retreat Center was acquired by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond in 1981. At that time the property consisted of a farmhouse and large pond.
Shalom House had its opening in 1983. At that time, the farmhouse had five bedrooms, one of which was used by the on-site director. Each of the remaining four bedrooms had three beds for a maximum capacity of twelve guests.
Starting in 1993, renovation and additions to the farmhouse included a dining room, small chapel and office space.
In 1997 and 1999, two lodges were built to increase overnight accommodations. Each lodge has eight bedrooms with twin capacity, bathrooms, kitchenette, and a large meeting room.
From humble beginnings in a farmhouse, Shalom House has grown into a multi-purpose retreat and meeting center with expanded facilities while continuing its mission of service.