Burke County History

The act establishing Burke specified that the first court was to be held at a place the justices should decide until they selected a permanent place for the courthouse and had the same erected. In 1784 Morgansborough was established and made the county seat.1

Burke County comprised such a large territory that it later became the mother of all or part of 16 counties including Buncombe, Catawba, Mitchell, Madison, Yancey, Caldwell, McDowell and Alexander.2

Burke County was named in honor of Dr. Thomas Burke, a member of the Continental Congress and governor of North Carolina, 1781-1782.1

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1 Facts gathered from State Library of North Carolina.
2 Facts gathered from Burker County Government.





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North Carolinians are nicknamed the "Tar Heels".

It not exactly evident where this nickname originated, but it seems to have given birth during the Civil War. North Carolina's troops were said to have tar on their heels, because they would not run in battle even as other states retreated.

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