Fairfax County Irish Residents

The early population of Fairfax County, Virginia was composed primarily of Northern Europeans, many of whom were holders of land grants or individuals designated to act as caretakers of land grants for their proper owners living in England. Over time, English paupers migrated to this country and served as laborers or overseers for the large […]

History of Lake Accotink – Part Three

(In case you missed it, “A History of Lake Accotink- Part 1 and Part 2” can be found at https://burkehistoricalsociety.org/a-history-of-lake-accotink-part-1/ and https://burkehistoricalsociety.org/a-history-of-lake-accotink-part-2/ When we left Lake Accotink in Part 2 of the History of Lake Accotink it was the end of WWII.  The lake, designed to be a reservoir for Fort Belvoir, and its surrounding […]

A History of Lake Accotink-Part 2

(In case you missed it, “A History of Lake Accotink- Part 1” can be found at https://burkehistoricalsociety.org/a-history-of-lake-accotink-part-1/) Where did we leave the story of Lake Accotink?  Ah yes. In 1922 the first dam that created the first Lake Accotink was rendered unusable (that happens when you blow a big hole in it). 

A History of Lake Accotink – Part 1

By Debra DeLoose Accotink Creek is around 25 miles in length.  It begins north of Lake Accotink in the area of Fairfax City and ends at Accotink Bay where it empties into the Potomac west of Fort Belvoir.    However, there has not always been a Lake Accotink. 

Burke’s “Little Post Office”

The current post office for Burke opened in 1989 but the history of postal service and post offices in Burke goes back over 150 years beginning in 1852 with the appointment of John A. Marshall as postmaster of what was then Burke’s Station. The history continued through 1903 when the name was changed to Burke […]

Burke’s Famous Architect

By Brian Slawski One of the pleasures of studying Burke’s history is discovering how many notable and interesting individuals have lived in our ostensibly small and sleepy stretch of Fairfax County.  Any list of these individuals would surely include Walter Macomber. Walter Mayo Macomber was born February 25, 1894, in Revere, Massachussetts, just outside Boston.  […]