Lost in Old Town? Just Ask E. Hunt Burke For Directions

Don't despair if you're lost in Old Town. Just hang out around lower King Street long enough and you'll run into a man sporting a walrus mustache and an expensive custom-made outback-style hat.

E. Hunt Burke, chairman and CEO of Burke and Herbert Bank in Old Town, helps out some visitors on Thursday, March 7, 2019. (Photo by James Cullum)

Don’t despair if you’re lost in Old Town. Just hang out around lower King Street long enough and you’ll run into a man sporting a walrus mustache and an expensive custom-made outback-style hat. That’s exactly what happened on a recent afternoon along the 200 block of King, when a perplexed group stopped at the corner for a family meeting.

All of a sudden the man with the mustache and hat appeared and asked, “Any chance I can help lead you folks in the right direction?”

“We were just trying to figure out where to eat,” the mother said.

After listing a number dining options and saying farewell, the man identified himself as E. Hunt Burke, the chairman and CEO of Burke and Herbert Bank in Old Town, which was founded in 1852 and is the oldest bank in Virginia.

“When I retire I’m just going to stand out here on the street and help people around,” Burke joked to The Zebra. “Whenever I see somebody with a cell phone or a map out I always ask them if they need some help.”

Read Our 2015 Profile of Burke and Herbert Bank! 

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