Burke County Home Inspector
My name is Don Miller and I am a Burke County Home Inspector. The first of my 3 engineering degrees was conferred in 1971 (Penn State, mechanical) and I have been involved in the field since 1975. My BS is in Electronic Technology. I am a licensed NC Home Inspector (#2620), bonded, and insured. I am also a NC licensed General Contractor (inactive).
I use HomeGauge Inspection software which facilitates a thorough and professional inspection report. It is the industry’s best. Your report will have descriptions and photographs of functional and safety problems and will be available to you (and anyone one else you chose) for 5 years. I provide full service (radon, pest, mold, and water testing) inspections and look forward to earning your trust as your inspector. As your Burke County Home Inspector I promise to exceed your expectations.
I do not make repairs, nor do I make referrals to contractors. I provide an objective, emotional-free service. My reports are easy to understand and I am available for free consultation afterward to ensure your complete satisfaction. As your Burke County Home Inspector, I promise your satisfaction with my work.
Wikipedia link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burke_County,_North_Carolina
County government link http://www.co.burke.nc.us/
Current employment info (use 28655 as Zip) http://us.jobs/results.asp?si=481374565&pi=1&ri=1&so=initdate&as=lrep&al=1&zc=28655%3A25
Morganton (county seat and largest city) Chamber of Commerce http://www.burkecounty.org/
Morganton NC official web site http://www.ci.morganton.nc.us/index.php/residents-menu/community-house
Burke County Realtor MLS http://www.burkemls.com/
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are essentially the computer applications that allow an organization to relate all of it’s data to points, lines or areas upon the earth. Examples of GIS data include parcels, street centerlines, surface water, elevations (contours), and aerial imagery.
Burke County GIS http://arcgis.webgis.net/nc/Burke/
Native Americans of the Mississippian culture inhabited the county long before Europeans arrived in the New World. The largest Mound Builder settlement was at Joara, a 12-acre (49,000 m2) site and regional chiefdom near present-day Morganton. It was the center of the largest Native American settlement in North Carolina, dating from about 1000 AD and expanding into the next centuries.
In 1567, a Spanish expedition arrived and built Fort San Juan, claiming the area for the colony of Spanish Florida. They had been sent by the governor at Santa Elena, Parris Island in South Carolina. Captain Juan Pardo, leader of the expedition, left about 30 soldiers at the fort while continuing his exploration. In the spring of 1568 the Indians attacked the fort, killing the soldiers and burning the fort. Introduction of European diseases and takeover by larger tribes led to Native American abandonment of the area. It would be centuries before the next Europeans – English, Scots-Irish and Germans – attempted to settle here again.
In 1777, Burke county was formed from Rowan County. It was named for Thomas Burke, a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1781 and Governor of North Carolina from 1781 to 1782. The western Piedmont was settled by many Scots-Irish and German immigrants in the mid-to-late 18th century. They were generally yeoman farmers and fiercely independent. Very few families were slaveholders.
The county was divided over the years to form other jurisdictions. In 1791, parts of Burke County and Rutherford County were combined to form Buncombe County. In 1833, parts of Burke County and Buncombe County were combined to form Yancey County. In 1841, parts of Burke County and Wilkes County were combined to form Caldwell County. In 1842 additional parts of Burke County and Rutherford County were combined to form McDowell County. Finally, in 1861, parts of Burke County, Caldwell County, McDowell County, Watauga County, and Yancey County were combined to form Mitchell County.
Burke County citizens participated in the Battle of Kings Mountain that pitted Appalachian frontiersmen against the loyalist forces of the British commander Ferguson at Kings Mountain, SC in the American Revolution, rather than waiting for him to come to them, militiamen throughout the Blue Ridge crossed over the mountains and thus were called the “Over Mountain Men”. (Clark, “Burke County,” p37-39)
Burke County Home Inspector
Contact the Burke County Home Inspector at 828-243-8643