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Burke, Vermont

Caledonia county. A mountain, 3,500 feet in height, divides this town from Victory, on the E. Branches of Passumpsic river pass through it and afford a good water power. This is a place of some manufactures, particularly of oil stones. This stone (novaculite) is found on an island in Memphremagog lake.—The stones are brought in their rough state, and their quality is said to equal those from Turkey. The soil of the town is good, and abounds with hard-wood and evergreens. A large number of sheep are kept here. Burke was first settled in 1780. Population, 1830, 866. It lies 40 miles N.E. from Montpelier, and 19 N.E. from Danville.

  • East Burke today is home to the Burke ski resort.

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