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
Tours of the Historic Burke County Courthouse, The Captain Charles McDowell, Jr. House, Quaker Meadows Cemetery, and the Erwin Family Cemetery at Belvidere
Heritage Museum and McDowell House Exhibits
Educational programs for schools and the community
Annual Revolutionary War Days commemorating the September 30, 1780 gathering of the Overmountain Men at Quaker Meadows before their victory at Kings Mountain, SC on October 7, 1780.
Annual Holiday Tour
Our office and Heritage Museum are on the first floor of the Historic Burke County Courthouse. Tours by appointment. Office hours are 11 AM - 3 PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday. Tuesdays 9 AM - 1 PM. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a tour. For group tours, please schedule an appointment well in advance!
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