“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Oak Ridge in Anderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

The Scarboro Community

The Scarboro Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Donald Raby, September 23, 2001
1. The Scarboro Community Marker
Inscription. The Scarboro Community was founded by three brothers in the early 1790s. Jonathan, David and James Scarborough traveled from Virginia and settled here. Scarboro was one of four area communities that predated Oak Ridge. The community remained largely unchanged until 1942, when the creation of the secret Oak Ridge facility meant dispersal of the community.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1D 29.)
Location. 35° 59.064′ N, 84° 13.246′ W. Marker is in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in Anderson County. Marker is on Bethel Valley Road just east of Scarboro Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oak Ridge TN 37830, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oak Ridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Emery Road (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Robertsville Community (approx. 3.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Elza Gate (approx. 4.3 miles away); Erected in Memory of New Bethel Baptist Church (approx. 5.9 miles away); a different marker also named Oak Ridge (approx. 6.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Native American Settlement (approx. 7.2 miles away); The Campbell Station Inn (approx. 7.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Oak Ridge.
Regarding The Scarboro Community. The correct spelling of the original family is Scarbrough. Several variants are common, but I was asked by family descendants to give preferred spelling. Jonathan Lupton Scarbrough is buried on Pine Ridge about two miles northeast of this marker.
There was a school and at least four churches and several stores in this community.
Also see . . .  Kingston Demolition Range. A link to website of photos, recovered from National Archives in 2001, of homes removed to build Oak Ridge. (Submitted on July 8, 2010, by Donald Raby of Knoxville, Tennessee.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Donald Raby of Knoxville, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 1,258 times since then and 33 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Donald Raby of Knoxville, Tennessee. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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