Fertile Farmland of Burke’s Garden

On the Road, Trivia
on July 26, 2009

Some of the state’s most fertile farmland is in a mountain-ringed valley called Burke’s Garden in Tazewell County (pop. 44,598). The area is named for James Burke, who surveyed the region in the late 1740s and left potato peelings at his campsite. Afterward, a fine crop of potatoes sprang up.

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