“Pull over, there’s a sign”

My husband often tells stories of the road trips taken with his parents and sisters during the 50’s and 60’s. They would pack the station wagon, hitch up the “pop up” and go off to see the country. The trip, he noted, was often punctuated by his mother saying, “Henry, pull over, there’s a sign.” […]

Historic Maps of Burke, No. 1

In 1862, the United States was in the middle of a civil war. Maps were a key part of fighting an effective and strategic war. This map was created by engineers working for General Irwin McDowell, a career soldier of the United States Army and the chief commander of the troops at the Battle of […]

Remembrances of our Fairfax County Veterans

World War I started in Europe in 1914. The United States joined the war in April 1917. For almost two years the Fairfax Herald newspaper regularly published lists of the names of the Fairfax County men who were in service. During the war, 30 county men were recorded as dying while in service. There were […]

Burke’s Bluesman

It’s a good time to revisit the theme of “notable people from the Burke area.”  On this occasion, we’ll look at one of our most renowned musicians. John Jackson was born February 25, 1924, in Woodville, Rappahannock County, Virginia, to tenant farmers Suddy and Hattie Jackson.  (Sources vary as to a middle name, but his […]

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).