History of Saratoga School in
Orner C. Addington
Writer & Historian
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.
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
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.
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.
Witness Whereof, the parties making the conveyance affix their signatures
and seal this 4th day of April 1882.
C. Addington (SEAL)
Scott County to-wit:
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
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.
under my hand this 4th day of April, 1882.
N.P. for Scott County
one living today knows who named the school Saratoga or why. Saratoga is a
Mohawk Indian word which means hill slope.
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.
someone knew the meaning of the word Saratoga. After all the hill slopes
toward Copper Creek.
Saratoga School was located about one and half miles south of the
Addington Frame Primitive Baptist Church.
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.
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.
names of all the teachers are not known who taught at Saratoga.
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
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.
who believed in predestination were called the Hard Shells and those who
did not believe in predestination were called the Soft Shells.
reason the Hard Shells moved their meetings to the Saratega Schoolhouse
was the old church building had become unfit to hold church services in.