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Burke County, North Carolina

Burke County, North Carolina

It is a pleasure to expound upon what is happening in Burke County. The fun comes from recognizing signs of healthy progress on all sides in a county taking confident strides into its future. Among the recent trends have been the standards of quality aimed for and achieved by our public school system.

The award-winning Burke County Public School System has undertaken intensive courses of self-examination to seek out and address areas of improvement. Reduced class size, new construction, and programs for exceptional and at-risk students make our school system an inspiring model for similar-sized systems.

A spirit of entrepreneurship among new business founders is revitalizing Burke’s industry as the area continues to attract manufacturers. Culture is a subtle indicator of a region’s outlook and morale. On all sides, the arts and entertainment are flourishing here. We bring Broadway productions to the area, mount an outdoor drama about the settlement of the Waldensian sect, host gala music and arts festivals throughout the year, and abound in studios and galleries. Morganton is the location of the largest Ben Long Fresco created to date. Our natural beauty is a byword around the United States and indeed in far-flung parts of the world, drawing filmmakers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.


Our scenic Lake James is witnessing a grand new expansion to the state park there, as well as a real estate boom that offers premier home-site lots in communities designed to harmonize with the natural environment. Worship is deeply ingrained in the lives of Burke County citizens, from the old-time pioneer missionary services in cleared fields to a new worship center uniting several local churches under one roof. Today the county is a compelling draw for retirees, especially ones planning to stay active and who seek a moderate year-round climate and modestly priced housing. Whether you plan to spend a single day here or the rest of your life, the small, friendly communities in this beautiful foothills location welcome you warmly. Take time to leisurely explore the county, touring its panoramic back roads. Drop into some of the local shops and galleries and talk with the artists.

Visit local museums and experience some of the rich history of the area: Revolutionary War and railroading in particular. Stroll our riverside greenway or take the walking tours of historic homes in Morganton. Above all—enjoy yourselves here.

You are invited to stop by the Chamber of Commerce office to meet the friendly staff and learn more about the place where you could spend your future.

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