Burke, Virginia is named after the local 19th Century politician Silas Burke. The house he built in 1824 overlooking the Pohick River and the Burke Station Railroad stop of the Orange and Alexandria railroad (now part of the VRE system) still stands today. In the early 1900s, Burke was the preeminent social hub and summer getaway for city-dwellers – accessible by railway – and played host to many recreational activities including horse races, foot races, motorcycle races, exhibition boxing and baseball games. Remaining largely rural through the mid 20th century, it was at the end of World War I that government employees began to move into the area and commuted to Washington DC by train. Set around the picturesque Burke Lake Park, this community still holds a character all its own. Noted by CNN Money as one of America’s best small cities in 2008, it is still a top choice for commuters, located only 20 miles from Washington, DC, and features numerous wooded lots and attractive homes within close proximity to top schools, shopping, parks, libraries and more.
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