Burke’s Garden is named for James Burke who surveyed the region with James Patton by 1750. According to tradition, Burke buried some potato peelings in the region’s fertile soil during a survey expedition. Sometimes later another group camped at the same site and discovered the potatoes, resulting in the area becoming known as Burke’s Garden. Burke built a cabin nearby when hostilities began during the French and Indian War. Burkes Garden is a topographically rare elongated basin rimmed entirely by the Garden Mountain.
Geographic Location: Tazewell County
Physical Description of Location: 6122 Burkes Garden Road (State Route 623), Tazewell, VA 24651.
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