Burke's Garden

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Founder James Burke thought he had found a new Garden of Eden when he first saw Burke's Garden, the unique basin completely surrounded by mountains in Tazewell County. Called God's Thumbprint by modern poets, the fertile land was carved from the southern Appalachians after centuries of natural erosion. Today its scenic beauty is appreciated and protected by the residents who have settled on the rich farmlands. These early photographs of Burke's Garden, including the first homes and settlers, tell a story of the importance of land and family traditions.
ISBN: 9780738552897
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Virginia
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Louise B. Leslie is the retired editor of the Clinch Valley News, a weekly newspaper dating back to 1845. Her maternal ancestors settled in Burke's Garden more than two centuries ago, and she has spent her life in Tazewell County, where she writes and edits for local publications. Dr. Terry W. Mullins, a Tazewell native, has paternal ties to the community, his grandfather having settled in Burke's Garden more than a century ago. Mullins is finishing his 30th year as a teacher of government and history at Tazewell High School and is a member of the adjunct faculty at Southwest Virginia Community College and Bluefield State College. Mullins and Leslie have coauthored two other Arcadia Publishing titles: Tazewell County and Tazewell.
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