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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

092-0014 Burke's Garden Central Church and Cemetery

Burke's Garden Central Church and Cemetery
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 11/21/1978

NRHP Listing Date 05/07/1979

NPS property number 79003092

Settlers of German origin migrated from Pennsylvania to Southwest Virginia in the late 18th century, settling in Burke’s Garden, a bowl-shaped valley atop Garden Mountain, now the Burke’s Garden Rural Historic District. Here the Central Church and its cemetery were established in the 1820s. The cemetery is studded with German-style grave markers dating from the 1830s. The stars, pinwheels, sunflowers, and hearts decorating the stones are similar to those created by an unidentified carver for gravestones at Sharon Lutheran Church in Bland County and the Zion and Kimberling churches in Wythe County. Also here are some uninscribed, uncarved fieldstone markers and a rare wooden marker. The church and its cemetery were long shared by several denominations, but the property exclusively Lutheran. The present wood-frame church was built in 1875 to replace the original 1820s building.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated November 8, 2018