Beautifying, Preserving Marshall Cemetery

Historic Burke family grave has been target of vandals over the years. Burke Connection By Mike Salmon Members of the Marshall family, Burke Historical Society and student history group broke out the weed trimmers and shovels to beautify and preserve the Marshall Cemetery in the older part of Burke on Saturday morning, sharing local history […]

Burke Has a Heart of Gold Somewhere

Burke Connection By Mike Salmon In 1799, a 17-pound nugget of gold was found near Charlotte, N.C., starting the lesser known East Coast Gold Rush, that spread into Virginia. As the years passed, and gold coins were produced in Charlotte, the east coast gold belt that stretched from the Harpers Ferry area to the Piedmont […]

Memories of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad

Burke Connection By Steve Hibbard A few dozen people attended the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum’s special exhibit called “Memories of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad” on Sunday, Sept. 23. With 17 poster displays, it also featured original artifacts from the railroad – coupling equipment, a drawbar spring, track pieces, an old brake shoe – as […]

Burke Centre Festival: A Day of Community Fun

Burke Connection By Steve Hibbard Despite the intermittent rain, the crowds were steady at the first day of the 41st annual Burke Centre Festival on Sept. 8 at the Burke Conservancy Festival Grounds.  (read more)

Native American Speaker Highlights History, Fights Stereotypes

Burke Connection By Mike Salmon Burke — Karenne Wood gave a presentation for the Burke Historical Society on July 15. Hollywood and the retail world planted a seed for the stereotypical Native American, and it has been exploited more in commercial products and sports as well. (read more)

Ten Years of Community and Learning at Burke Centre Library

Burke Connection By Mike Salmon When the derecho struck on a summer day a few years ago, the Burke Centre Library became more than just a place to read and browse the internet. Since the library was the only building with electricity in the area, the library stayed open, and Burke residents flocked there to […]

Lost Towns of Fairfax County

Burke Connection By Steve Hibbard The Pohick Regional Library was packed for the Burke Historical Society’s 45-minute talk on “Lost Towns of Fairfax County,” presented by Heather Bollinger of Aldie and Jeff Clark of Fair Oaks, on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. The focus was on once-vibrant communities that have since faded from view. The towns […]

History Talk on ‘Everything Burke’

Burke Connection By Steve Hibbard February 8, 2018 The Burke Historical Society presented a talk by Brian Slawski, 36, its program chair and vice president, on “Everything Burke” at its annual meeting on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 at the Pohick Regional Library. (read more)

A Few Character’s in Burke’s History

Burke Connection By Steve Hibbard December 21, 2017 About 40 people attended a presentation by the Burke Historical Society on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, at Pohick Regional Library in Burke. Dubbed “The Characters of Burke,” the talk featured siblings Chip Carson, 71, of Warrenton, and his sister LaVerne Carson, 75, of Occoquan, fifth-generation Burkites who […]

Making History Personal at Burke History Day 2016

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Burke Connection By Tim Peterson November 14, 2016 Burke — Burke History Day 2016, put on by the Burke Historical Society, was all about getting community members to become more engaged in the study of history themselves. Titled “Finding Your History,” the day-long event on Nov. 5 at the Burke Centre Library included half a […]