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 […]

Copperthite Race Track Receives Historical Marker

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Burke Connection By Tim Peterson August 4, 2016 More than 100 years since Copperthite Race Track opened in Burke, harnessed race horses once again trotted back and forth on the same grounds, now inhabited by the Burke Nursery and Garden Centre. The race track, including a 2,000-person grandstand, was built by local entrepreneur Henry Copperthite. […]

Learning About Burke History

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How many people know that Burke is named after the 19th-century farmer, merchant and local politician, Silas Burke…