Due to COVID-19, all property tours, including the Historic Burke County Courthouse and Captain Charles McDowell, Jr. House are suspended. Please email us at historicburke@gmail.com for more information. Should you have an appointment in either building, masks are required. Office hours 10 AM - 4 PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday. Tuesdays 10 AM - 3 PM.

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Enriching Our Future By Preserving Our Past

Historic Burke Foundation promotes knowledge of local culture and history through

educational programming and historic site preservation.

 

The seed for the formation of Historic Burke Foundation came from the Historical Buildings Committee of the Morganton Service League. The committee, headed in 1978 by Mary Adair Phifer (Mrs. Edward W., Jr.), was instrumental in getting support for the preservation of the Historic Burke County Courthouse. Within a few years, the committee had increased in size. As a result, Historic Burke Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, was chartered in 1982. Barbara Cornwell Norvell (Mrs. Jerry T., Jr.) was elected the organization’s first president.

Historic Burke Foundation Activities

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Historic Properties

 

Due to COVID-19, all property tours, including the Historic Burke County Courthouse and Captain Charles McDowell, Jr. House are suspended. Please email us at historicburke@gmail.com for more information. Should you have an appointment in any building, masks are required.

 

Our office and Heritage Museum are on the first floor of the Historic Burke County Courthouse. Tours by appointment. Office hours 10 AM-4 PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. Tuesdays 10 AM - 3 PM. Please email us at historicburke@gmail.com to schedule a tour. For group tours, please schedule an appointment well in advance!

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