Morganton is the largest city in and the county seat for Burke County with a population around 17,000. The city was named after Revolutionary War General Daniel Morgan who led a patriot force to victory over the British in the 1781 battle of Cowpens. Morganton is a thriving place, known throughout the state and the southeast generally for its natural attractions, its dedication to the arts, and the many important state institutions here. Small-town living at its finest, Morganton has the shopping, restaurants, historical ambiance, temperate climate and friendliness to attract visitors year-round.
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