below is taken from a map in the Library of Congress American Memory
collection entitled "Detailed map of part of Virginia from
Alexandria to the Potomac River above Washington, D.C. 186-."
The whole map can be viewed online, at much higher resolution, at
. The area shown here is in the top center of the lower left-hand
In the image below, you can see the Burke farm
at the center, with Great Falls St. immediately below, Kirby Rd.
running by the two Kirby properties on the left, and Pimmit (labeled
"Pimmic") Run to the left of the Kirby properties. A road
running from Great Falls St. through the Burke farm continues on
to Minor's Hill, where there was a large Union encampment; this
road, a continuation of the original driveway into the Burke Farm
(which was located just north of present-day Crutchfield St.), seems
to have existed in its entirety only during the Civil War, and confirms
the Burke family's account that the soldiers encamped at Minor's
Hill made frequent trips through their property while performing
picket duty and gathering supplies. These supplies included, according
to the Burkes' later claim
for damages, potatoes and corn from their fields, and chestnut
fence rails, which the soldiers took down and used for fuel, and
also, according to the testimony of neighbor James E. Kirby, "carried.
. .by hand to the picket line" which "they established.
. .along the road in front of Mrs. Burke's farm," the present-day
Great Falls St. (the smudgy lines along Great Falls St. just north
of the Burke farm driveway may be in some way associated with this
picket line; I have not so far been able to figure out what they're
intended to symbolize). Two square outlines indicating structures
are shown on the Burke property; the lower one (above and slightly
to the left of the "B" in Burke) is probably the barn,
while the second (straight up from the "r" in "Burke")
is probably the Dye/Burke house,
since the relative locations of the buildings match up with those
shown in the 1902 survey of the property.
The orderly rows of symbols on the Burke property and elsewhere
Both forks of Burke's Spring Branch are visible
in this picture, with the western fork surrounded by trees in what
is otherwise a cleared area. Its location is not perfectly correct;
it should be a bit lower, following the land contour that points
toward the barn. Such minor errors are not unusual in maps of this
era; the Burke orchard shows up in slightly different locations
on the hill that now hosts the FAA towers on the various Civil-War-era
maps that survive. Cartographers of this era do, however, agree
on the basic, two-forked, shape of the Branch, even when they do
not locate the headwaters of each fork precisely.
Note: this map is oriented with
its top approximately toward the northeast, not the north.