Interested in learning the rich history of Burke and surrounding areas? Well then, here are our top 5 historical places that you must visit.
An essential commodity during the time of the war, wood was needed for many things, none more important than railroad construction and repair. To help Union cause, many acres of woods were cut in the region. Much of the work was done by former slaves, who were supporting the Union, even when they risked being enslaved if caught. For shipment of wood, a siding was constructed. The original station building was built in 1857. It still stands today, close to the Burke post office.
While battlefields near Antietam and Manassas are more famous Civil War historical destinations, Burke residents have an important piece of war history in their middle of which they can feel proud of. Get Driving Directions
If you want to see the best preserved inscriptions of Civil War, you must pay a visit to the Blenheim estate, which was originally a farm, spread over 367 acres and owned by Mr. Albert Willcoxon. The estate is most famous for over 100 signatures, poetry, and art created by soldiers of the Union who occupied the house within the estate on three occasions. In 2001, this property was included in National Register of Historic Places.
Another key attraction is its museum, dedicated to Civil War, which you can visit from Tue-Sat (10am-3pm). You can also enjoy a guided tour of the estate as well as the house. The guided tour is available till 1pm only. Get Driving Directions
This place is as much famous for its history as for its architecture. Margaret Conn, owner of the daughter to Willcoxon estate, occupied this cottage for the greater part of its rich history. The estate’s name was later changed to Blenheim. While the exact year of cottage’s construction is not known, it is largely believed that it was built in 1830s. The cottage’s construction combines log-wall construction with rare and unique timber framing.
Originally, the cottage was situated at the corner of Old Lee Highway and Main Street. In 1962, the cottage was relocated close to Layton Hall. However, in 2001, it was shifted to Blenheim estate.
Ratcliffe-Allison House and Pozer Garden
This is the oldest house in the area. It was built in the year of 1812 by Richard Ratcliffe. Today this house-cum-museum interprets everyday activities of a few of its 12 owners as well as occupants to show visitors how life was here back in the 19th and early 20th century. You can enjoy a free tour of the house from 11 till 2pm.
Old Town Hall
This is one of the more famous old buildings of the area. The fact that much of the original woodwork is still intact makes the building all the more attractive as they can enjoy the famous classic revival style architecture. Home to Art League of Fairfax, the building also has a sufficiently large library inside. Get Driving Directions
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