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Absher School
Was located in eastern Burke County.

The last Absher School building was built in 1925. The following schools were consolidated into Absher School: old Absher that was built about 1895, Pleasant Grove, York, part of Corn Hill that was established in 1870. The new school had three large classrooms, a hall, a lunch room and three closets.

Photography by Greene Studio


Burke County
Public School


Smokehouse at Bellevue
Bost Road, Morganton, NC

Bellevue was built from 1823 to 1826 by James Erwin, the son of  Alexander Erwin. It is a Federal-styled two-story, Flemish bond I-house.


Margaret Bickel


"The Switch" aka "62 Mile Siding"
Hildebran, NC

A. Y. Sigmon's sawmill that was served by a railroad switch is beyond the tracks at left. Julius Cline started a hosiery mill in the building on the right.  Jake Hilderand took the switch off the railroad and sold it to Cline in 1921.  


Wendell Hildebrand


Amherst Academy

Located in the Amherst Community near the Burke-Caldwell County line.  The academy was started by Robert Logan Patton (1849 - 1920) who named it for his alma mater Amherst College in Massachusetts. It was in operation until 1930 when it merged with Drexel High School.  


R. Knolan
Benfield, Jr.  


Carnegie Library at Rutherford College


was built in 1907 on the Rutherford College campus. (Rutherford College, NC). It served both college students and the public and was the only public library in the County until the Morganton Public Library opened in 1923. The library was razed in 1974. Rutherford College First Baptist Church is on the site today.

Photographer: L. E. Webb


Historic Burke Foundation

R. M. Lineberger Collection


Dedication of Highway 181

On October 21, 1941 at Jonas Ridge School. Over 1500 people from Burke and neighboring counties gathered at Jonas Ridge to show their support for the completion of Highway 181. Its completion would give Burke County its only highway outlet over the mountains. Judge Cecil E. Cowan introduced the guest speaker Gov. J. Melville Broughton.


Susan Fitz McAnich


Bridgewater School

Located in Bridgewater, NC in western Burke County. The school was closed in 1922 when the students were moved to the Glen Alpine School.


Historic Burke Foundation

R. M. Lineberger Collection


Burkemont Hotel

Built in 1920 by John L. Anderson and stood on the corner of North Green and Patterson Streets. It was a frame structure with twenty-four rooms with connecting baths. It was razed in 1968. The photograph shows new 1938 Buicks and their drivers.


Burke County Public Library


Annie Gordon's House

Located 200 South King St., Morganton, NC. Morganton City Hall was built on the site in 1964.


Greene Studio


Mimosa Trees(1941)

Intersection of South Green and Concord Streets.

Photography by Floyd Alden Conley


Michael R. Conley


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