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
County government link http://www.co.burke.nc.us/
Morganton NC official web site http://www.ci.morganton.nc.us/index.php/residents-menu/community-house
The link to the official website for Burke County is HERE
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/
For who-what-where-when for Burke County NC please click HERE
Morganton (county seat and largest city) Chamber of Commerce http://www.burkecounty.org/
Burke County Realtor MLS http://www.burkemls.com/
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)
Perhaps the most famous odditiy is the mysterious Brown Mountain lights. Many investigations and sighting have occurred and I refer you to some websites click here for more information.
Wikipedia also provides information on the Brown Mountain Lights click HERE
The Huffington Post has an article from 2012 as well, click HERE.
The Brown Mountain Lights facebook page is HERE
Burke County Home Inspector
Contact the Morganton and Burke County Home Inspector Don Miller at 828-243-8643