Burke, Virginia is a suburban community located just outside the capital beltway. It is named after Silas Burke (1796-1854), a 19th century farmer, merchant, and local politician who built a house in the area in 1824. Railways were constructed in the late 1840s thru his land and the community was built up around it. Currently railroad tracks on the same historical line are part of the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter rail system. Burke has two stations of the VRE which make commuting into Washington D.C. an easy option.
Residents of Burke and the surrounding areas love visiting Burke Lake Park. It is a large, 888 acre recreational park with an 18-hole par 3 golf course, woodlands, jogging trails, campsites, disc golf course, mini golf course, boat rentals, amphitheater, outdoor volleyball courts, horse shoe pits, picnic areas with grills, ice cream parlor, carousel and kids train ride. It really is a place
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