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Loosely established in the early 1800s and originally named Burke's Station, the village of Burke, Virginia, provided fertile ground for farmers, politicians, and enterprising citizens. This rural hamlet, nestled in an area 20 miles from the District of Columbia, began its existence supporting the surrounding farmers needing a nexus for commerce and community. Through the decades, Burke transformed from a tiny agricultural area to its current status as a bedroom community, which conceals its vibrant connections to the past. Its rich history, as chronicled by the Burke Historical Society, shows it to have been no stranger to change and growth. It was the site of several Civil War skirmishes, including the infamous "Christmas Raid" by J.E.B. Stuart, conducted during the early years of that fateful war, and another considered to be the last in Fairfax County, fought at a local gathering place, Arundel's Tavern. From wars and railroads to roads and a racetrack as well as a successful fight to fend off the federal government's effort to build an international airport, Burke's vibrant history reveals a diverse snapshot of America, including baseball and apple pie.
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The Burke Historical Society (BHS) is comprised of people with an interest in preserving and learning about the area's history, including the history of its people, its places, and its personalities. BHS is incorporated in Virginia as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.