Located on the Saint John River immediately downstream (southeast) of Oromocto on New Brunswick Route 102, Burton is the shire town of the county and is the location of the Sunbury County court house.
Burton has an elementary school for children from kindergarten to grade 2, Burton Elementary School (New Brunswick), but older children go to various other Anglophone West schools located in Oromocto.
Burton also has a court house and a general store, Ultramar. The first gas station in Burton was opened by the late Mr. Bonnar, eventually run by his son and sold to Mr. Finnan in the 1970s. It remained a full-service Petro-Canada until its closure in 2003.
Located adjacent to the Canadian Forces Combat Training Centre at CFB Gagetown, noises from artillery, helicopters, and other military equipment are common aspects of daily life in Burton, especially near Hamilton Road which becomes a dirt trail leading into the training area, across a former military rail line now used as a tank run.
In addition to the Sunbury County Courthouse, of historical interest is an old homestead near the Burton Bridge, about which further information is required. Local accounts of the history mention a tree near the homestead used for an extrajudicial hanging in the mid-19th century. Several other aged buildings can be found in the area, including a mid-19th century house which stands across from the Burton trailer park on New Brunswick Route 102. The hanging tree is behind the Burton Trailer Park in the "Dead Woods"