4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
Home size: 1836
Added: 08/08/19, Last Updated: 08/08/2019
Property Type: Detached for Sale
MLS Number: VAFX1081884
Subdivision: Shannon Station
Gorgeous Single Family Home in a private and tranquil setting! 4 large Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, on 3 finished levels with a 1 car garage. Family Room with wood burning Fireplace off of the Open Kitchen with New Appliances and updated counters. … [Read more]
Burke is named after a 19th-century farmer, merchant, and local politician named Silas Burke. Burke (1796–1854) built a house which still stands on a hill overlooking the valley of Pohick Creek in approximately 1824. In the late 1840’s Burke donated a right-of-way for Orange and Alexandria Railroad to construct “Burke’s Station”. The community that grew up around that railroad station acquired a post office branch in 1852. Currently, railroad tracks on the same historical line are owned by the Norfolk Southern Railway and form part of the Manassas line of the Virginia Railway Express commuter rail system, of which two stations lie in the Burke area. (The original Burke Station building can still be seen in the community, turned 90 degrees from its historical footprint.)
During the Civil War, the Burke Station was garrisoned by Union troops. The Bog Wallow Ambush occurred in the vicinity in 1861. On December 28, 1862, Confederate cavalry under General J.E.B. Stuart raided the station. Stuart seized supplies from the area, destroyed a nearby bridge, monitored Union messages passing over the telegraph lines, and then famously sent a telegram to Union Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs complaining of the poor quality of the mules he had captured. Further action was seen in the neighborhood in 1863.
In 1903, the name of the post office was changed from Burke’s Station to “Burke” by Henry C. Copperthite, who bought the Burke House and 241 acres to build a racetrack for trotting and pacing horses. Copperthite was the largest non-governmental employer in Washington, D.C., and he was the “King of Pie”. In 1914 his factory in Georgetown was turning out 50,000 pies a day. He built four hotels, stables, and expanded the general store in Burke. Burke soon became a summer getaway from the city’s heat for people from all walks of life who came to the Copperthite track and to Burke to attend fairs, see horse races, foot races, motorcycle races, exhibition boxing and baseball games. There were special trains that ran from Union Station in D.C., Alexandria, Prince William and Loudoun counties and as far away as Richmond. Copperthite installed the first phones in Burke, and his stables housed the horses of President McKinley and Vice President Theodore Roosevelt. The site of the racetrack was marked by a historic marker erected by Fairfax County in 2016.
The Burke area remained predominantly rural well into the mid-20th century. After World War I, some employees of the federal government began moving into the area, and commuted to Washington by train.
In 1951, the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Administration announced plans to condemn 4,520 acres of land in Burke to construct a second airport to serve the Washington metropolitan area. After a lengthy lobbying campaign by area residents, the government in 1958 selected a site near Chantilly, Virginia, which is now Washington Dulles International Airport, instead of Burke. This parcel of land was later developed into what is now referred to as Burke Centre.
The first large subdivision in the vicinity, Kings Park, was constructed beginning in 1960 and was followed by many others over the next two decades, converting Burke into a densely populated suburban community.
A historic marker in Burke denotes the Huldah Coffer House, owned by a prominent resident of the county for many years. Another, privately erected, notes the site of the former Lee Chapel Methodist Church, which was purposely burned in 1951 after having been abandoned for some years, but whose cemetery remains on the site.
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