In 1862, Union troops took cover at the station. JEB Stuart, General of the Confederates, raided the station. He destroyed a bridge and sent a famously humorous telegram to the Union Quartermaster General, Montgomery Meigs, where he complained about the poor working mules he had taken from the Union troops.
In 1960 in Burke Virginia, the first subdivision, Kings Park, was constructed. This in turn helped Burke become a heavily populated suburbia. In Burke Virginia, the town is considered an unincorporated community. Washington DC is ten miles northeast of Burke. The population is well educated, and most people work in the nation's capital. The area is known for its low crime rate.
Attractions to visit are located in nearby towns. Washington DC is the most plentiful. You can make a side trip as Washington DC is only ten miles from Burke. You can stay in Burke Virginia at one of the fine hotels or bed and breakfasts and then take your time traveling. Washington DC has many attractions to visit and learn from during your visit. These include the Wolf Trap Theater, the Kennedy Center, the Shakespeare Theater, and Ford's Theater. Some history filled places include the Smithsonian, the Washington and Lincoln monuments, and the White House and Capitol buildings. If you go just a little further, you will arrive in Baltimore where there is a big Seaquarium. You can elect to stay in Washington DC and go to the National Zoo as well.
In Fairfax, a nearby town, you will find the hustle bustle of a big city. It is not the country quiet that you will have in Burke Virginia. Fairfax has many golf courses and historical sites to see. You could see the Dranesville Tavern that was built in 1820, Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope Leighey House, George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill, Mount Vernon, and Woodlawn Estate. Museums are abundant near Fairfax. There is one that just opened in 2003 that holds the space shuttle Enterprise, the Enola Gay, and a SR-71 Blackbird.
In Burke Lake Virginia, there is a large park with a lake that is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting. They enjoy large groups visiting the facilities but you must schedule the visit ahead of time. It is located on a two hundred and eighteen acre lake that also offers camping, fishing, boating, volleyball, eighteen hole gold course, three playgrounds, and a lot more activities. You cannot swim or windsurf in the lake. They have shelters for groups of seventy five people. Lighted tennis and basketball courts are a favorite of the town's people. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed. There is no alcohol allowed. There are plenty of grills and you are strongly discouraged from bringing your own. Trash must be picked up and placed in the proper receptacles. You cannot drive anywhere in the park except the designated area.