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Burkes Garden in Tazewell County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Site of James Burke’s Garden

 
 
Site of James Burke’s Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, May 28, 2011
1. Site of James Burke’s Garden Marker
Inscription.  
Burke’s Garden is named for James Burke who surveyed the region with James Patton by 1750. According to tradition, Burke buried some potato peelings in the region’s fertile soil during a survey expedition. Sometime later another group camped at the same site and discovered the potatoes, resulting in the area becoming known as Burke’s Garden. Burke built a cabin nearby and lived here from about 1753 until 1756 when hostilities began during the French and Indian War. Burke’s Garden is a topographically rare elongated basin rimmed entirely by the Garden Mountain.
 
Erected 2004 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number XL-5.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural FeaturesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1750.
 
Location. 37° 6.283′ N, 81° 20.835′ W. Marker is in Burkes Garden, Virginia, in Tazewell County. Marker is on Burkes Garden Road (County Route
Site of James Burke’s Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, May 28, 2011
2. Site of James Burke’s Garden Marker
This view is to the north. Garden Mountain, which rings the small valley, is always visible in the distance.
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623) just north of Mapleton Road. Burkes Garden Road starts at State Route 61 and crosses Garden Mountain from the north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burkes Garden VA 24608, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Burke’s Garden (approx. 1˝ miles away); Shawver Mill (approx. 3.4 miles away); Henry C. Groseclose (approx. 6 miles away); a different marker also named Burke’s Garden (approx. 6.7 miles away); Molly Tynes’s Ride (approx. 6.7 miles away); Battle of Wytheville (approx. 7.7 miles away); Wythe County / Bland County (approx. 7.8 miles away); Toland’s Raid (approx. 7.8 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Burke’s Garden. Visit Tazewell County website entry:
This page has an excellent arial view of the valley. “ From an aerial view, it appears that this valley could be ‘God’s Thumb Print.’ Enclosed by mountain ranges, the isolated valley is a relatively flat tract high in the Appalachian mountain chain. Created from a collapsed dome, the limestone continues to erode, leaving one of the best farming areas in Virginia.” (Submitted on July 17, 2011.) 
 
Site of James Burke’s Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, May 28, 2011
3. Site of James Burke’s Garden Marker
The view south.
View East from the Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, May 28, 2011
4. View East from the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,007 times since then and 135 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 17, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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Dec. 2, 2022