Introduction to Burke, Virginia
Burke, Virginia, in Fairfax county, is 15 miles SW of Washington, District of Columbia. The town is conveniently located inside the Washington metropolitan area. There are an estimated 57,737 people in Burke.
The town of Burke was named in honor of Silas Burke who was a farmer, merchant, and local politician of the 19th century. He built a house on the hill over Pohick Creek valley around 1824. In the late 1840s, the Orange and Alexandria railroad was constructed in this area. The railway station was garrisoned by Union troops during the American Civil War. Until the mid-20th century, Burke was mostly rural. It remains an unincorporated community in the Fairfax County of Virginia.
Burke and nearby Attractions
- Pohick Regional Library
- Church of Nativity
- Huntsman Lake
- Burke Town Center Shopping Center
- Orange Hunt Estates Park
Things To Do In Burke
For those interested in the local history and culture, a visit to Pohick Regional Library and Kings Park Library may prove fruitful. There are a number of beautiful churches and cemeteries in the town of Burke. These retain an old-world feel and are an oases of calm and serenity. Hatch Lake, Huntsman Lake, Lake Braddock, and Lake Barton are some of the beautiful bodies of water in the town. Burke Town Center Shopping Center, K-Mart Town Shopping Center, and Rolling Valley Mall Shopping Center offer deals that are a shopper’s delight.
Washington Dulles International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.
Burke Higher Education
Opportunities for higher education are provided by George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, Marymount University, and American University.