Burke Heritage Photos
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|I.I. Davis & Bros. Store, Morganton, ca. 1910
||N.C. School for the Deaf, Morganton, ca. 1910
||Burke County Courthouse, Morganton, ca. 1910
||Town of Glen Alpine ca. 1900
||Town of Connelly Springs Hotel ca. 1900
||Waldensian Presbyterian Church, Valdese, 1930
||American Independence Day 4th of July parade which became famous for involving children., Morganton, 1919
Glen Alpine Springs Hotel ca. 1910 - For years the hotel was reported to be the largest in North Carolina with beds for 100 guest. It burned in 1936.
Henderson Grist Mill 1912 - For over 50 years the Henderson Grist Mill served northern Burke County along Upper Creek.
Mainstreet Morganton 1905 - Often refered to as "Cornwell Cornor" with Cornwell Drug Store situated to the right. The First National Bank was across the street.
Burke County Moonshiners ca. 1915 - Following passage of laws in Washington that prohibited the manufacture "spirits," the manufacture of moonshine moved into the hills of Burke County.
Patton Academy 1891 - Reverend Robert Logan Patton established schools at Table Rock and in surrounding counties. Known as "the father of Burke's public school system," Mr. Patton operated the West Morganton School on Anderson Street for many years.
Backwoods Sawmill ca. 1910 - A major industry in Burke County during the late 19th century, timber and lumber attracted railroads and, eventually, the furniture manufacturers.
Waldensian Hosiery Mill 1902 - Founded by John Garrou, Francis Garrrou, and Antonine Grill, this was the first textile mill in Valdese which later became part of Alba-Waldensian, Inc.
Waldensian Wedding 1897 - Jean-Henri Pascal and Louise Pons. Seeking a better way of life, a small band of Waldensians traveled from the mountains of northern Italy to settle in Burke County in 1893.
Burke Tannery (1902-1921) - Processing animal hides was once big business in Burke County. The Burke Tannery came into existence when the operation moved here from Pennsylvania.