The Story Behind Burk
The city of Burke was named after a prominent local landowner and Orange & Alexandria Railroad board member who had given the up-and-coming railroad company right-of-way. A small community started to spring up around the railroad station, and eventually, a full-fledged town. The train station played an important role during the Civil War, when it was stationed by Union troops and subsequently raided by confederates. Now long past these historical moments, residents can still visit the home of the city's namesake, the Silas Burke House, as well as view the original railroad depot, complete with a Virginia Historic Marker.
Fun and Fresh Air
Nestled within the city is an 888-acre gem known as Burke Lake Park. As the name suggests, the park is centered around a very large and scenic lake where visitors are able to enjoy a great day of fishing and boating. Outside of the water, you will discover a plethora of activities well-suited to all ages and interests. Enjoy a rousing game of disc golf or volleyball, spend quality time with friends and family at the picnic grove, and revel in the nostalgia of a whimsical carousel. Get a healthy breath of fresh air and have fun in the process.
Shop Til You Drop
Burke residents in the market for a satisfying day of shopping need look no further than the Burke Centre Shopping Center. You will find over 50 stores here that range from more familiar chain retail and specialty stores, to smaller, locally-owned boutiques and shops where you are sure to find something unique. When you need a break, settle in at one of a handful of tasty snack shops, delicious restaurants, and delectable ice cream stands. For serious shoppers, a big-city experience is yours with just a short drive or train ride out of town and into the nation's capital.