“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Burke in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Burke Station

Burke Station Marker image. Click for full size.
August 13, 2005
1. Burke Station Marker
Inscription. Burke Station was raided in December, 1862, by Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart. It was from this site, originally Burke Station Depot, that he sent his famous telegram to Union Quartermaster General Meigs complaining of the poor quality of the Union mules he had just captured.
Erected 1986 by Department of Conservation and Historic Resources. (Marker Number BW-3.)
Location. 38° 47.626′ N, 77° 16.287′ W. Marker is in Burke, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Burke Lake Road and Burke Road (Virginia Route 652), on the right when traveling north on Old Burke Lake Road. Touch for map. This portion of Old Burke Lake Road dead ends at the railroad tracks. Approach from Burke Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9415 Old Burke Lake Rd, Burke VA 22015, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Burke's Station (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Burke's Station (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Copperthite Racetrack (approx. ¼ mile away); Silas Burke House (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Huldah Coffer House
The Original Burke Station Building image. Click for full size.
August 13, 2005
2. The Original Burke Station Building
The view is looking southeast. The original tracks ran between the station on the left and the firehouse at the right of the picture. The station building was turned 90 degrees on its lot after the tracks were moved north (behind the photographer).
(approx. 1.2 miles away); Bog Wallow Ambush (approx. 1.3 miles away); David R. Pinn Community Center (approx. 1.8 miles away); Keene’s Mill (approx. 1.8 miles away); Lee Chapel Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Origins of Lake Accotink (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burke.
More about this marker. When marker was placed, Burke Lake Road, County Route 645, ran past the marker and across a grade crossing with the current railroad tracks. Route 645 has since been moved one block west where it crosses the tracks on a bridge.
Regarding Burke Station. Station is on the original site, but has been turned 90 degrees. It is a State Farm Insurance Agency office. The railroad tracks moved two blocks north in the early 20th century. The raid recounted on this marker is known as Stuart's "Christmas Raid."
Also see . . .
1. Civil War Information on Burke. (Submitted on November 11, 2005, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.)
2. Wikipedia: Burke, Virginia. (Submitted on November 11, 2005, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.)
Categories. CommunicationsRailroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
Burke Station image. Click for full size.
August 13, 2005
3. Burke Station
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2005. This page has been viewed 5,152 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 10, 2005.
Paid Advertisement We are suspending advertising until they remove an ad for a certain book from circulation. A word in the book’s title has given rise to number of complaints. The word is inappropriate in school classroom settings.