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History of Saratoga School in Scott Co

Orner C. Addington
Writer & Historian

This Deed made the 4th day of April, 1882 between Jonathan C. Addington and Martha, his wife, of the County of Scott and State of Virginia, of the one part and John G. Nickels, Jacob Mead and W. P. Horton, School Trustees of Johnson School District, Scott County, Virginia, and their legal successors in office of the other part.

Witnesseth: That in consideration of our individual as well as public benefit derived from the public free schools the said Jonathan c. Addington and Martha, his wife, do grant by donation unto the said John G. Nickels, Jacob Mead and W. P. Horton Trustees of Johnson School District and their legal successors in office, a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Scott and State of Virginia on Copper Creek and being a part of the tract of land formerly owned by James A. Harris and bounded as follows: Beginning on a hickory southeast of the School House (this was the old school building) running to a Spanish oak then to a painted rock in a division line between J. L. and J.C. Addington with the division line to a planted rock in a division and thence to the Beginning containing 157 poles be the same, more or less, to have and to hold the same for public free school purposes and we do warrant generally the title to the same.

It is provided, however, that if in process of time the said lot of ground hereby conveyed should cease to be used for school purposes, then and in that case it shall revert to the donors.  The school board reserving the right to use the house erected thereon as they may see fit.

In Witness Whereof, the parties making the conveyance affix their signatures and seal this 4th day of  April 1882.

Jonathan C. Addington (SEAL)

Martha Addington (SEAL)

Virginia Scott County to-wit:

I, Joe L.Kilgore, a Notary Public for said county and state, do certify that the foregoing deed was this day acknowledged before me by Jonathan C. Addington and Martha Addington, his wife, to be their acts and deeds for the purpose therein mentioned and the said Martha Addington, the wife of the said Jonathan C. Addington being examined by me privately and apart from her husband and having the deed aforesaid fully explained to her, the said Martha Addington acknowledged that she had willingly signed and executed the same and declared that she did not wish to retract it.

Given under my hand this 4th day of April, 1882.

Joe.L. Kilgore,
N.P. for Scott County

No one living today knows who named the school Saratoga or why. Saratoga is a Mohawk Indian word which means hill slope.

Perhaps they wanted to be different and not use a family name or some physical feature such as a hill, valley, stream, tree or rock.  Perhaps someone in the community remembered the Battle of Saratoga, N.Y. during the American Revolutionary War that took place October 1777, which the Americans won.

Perhaps someone knew the meaning of the word Saratoga. After all the hill slopes toward Copper Creek.

The Saratoga School was located about one and half miles south of the Addington Frame Primitive Baptist Church.

The first building was constructed of logs sometime in the early 1800s and called Saratoga Institute.  Elementary subjects and high school subjects were taught in this building.

The last building was built sometime in 1904. It was an elementary school, primary through the seventh grade. The last school session was the school year of 1949-50. Lula Foster Fletcher was the last teacher.

The names of all the teachers are not known who taught at Saratoga.

The following is a partial list: Joe Vicars, Leta Francisco, Dorothy Wampler, Charles Addington, Joseph J. Addington, Hugh M. Addington, L.J. Addington, Bonnalene Meade, Elnora Quillen, Ezra Addington, Charlie Porter, Mary Creever, Jonathan Addington, Velma McClellan, Carrie Quillen, Verna Porter, Nell Smith, Ed Dougherty, Maggie Kilgore, Louella Addington, Ivanell Addington, Ada Bond, Virginia Addington, R.E. Fugate, Sr., Arletta Addington, Lois Elliott and Inez Stallard.

The Hard Shell faction of the Addington Frame Primitive Baptist Church held their meetings in the Saratoga Schoolhouse from Feb. 1913 to May 1915. The church had split over the question of predestination in 1898.

Those who believed in predestination were called the Hard Shells and those who did not believe in predestination were called the Soft Shells.

The reason the Hard Shells moved their meetings to the Saratega Schoolhouse was the old church building had become unfit to hold church services in.

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