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Scottsboro in Jackson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Robert Thomas Scott, Sr.

Scottsboro Founder / Successful Pioneer

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, February 13, 2021
1. Robert Thomas Scott, Sr. Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  Robert T. Scott, born in 1800 into a prominent North Carolina family who originally settled in Maryland, founded the Alabama town that bears his name. Between 1848 and 1858, he acquired 1,240 acres of choice land in the heart of Jackson County. Prior to 1850, he moved his family from Bellefonte to a home site that soon included a family cemetery.

He established a grist mill and a shingle mill. In 1854, Scott persuaded the Memphis and Charleston Railroad Company to route tracks through his acreage and benefited the fledgling village known as Scott's Mill.

As the tracks were laid, Scott sold lots on both sides of the railroad line that stimulated additional economic development. The first M&CRR passenger arrived at the station's wooden platform by March 1856. The community was renamed Scottsboro in 1858.

A brick Scottsboro Depot completed in January 1861 became the business center of Scott's town plat. During the Civil War, Union troops burned Scott's grist mill and shingle mill. Scott's death, at age 62, was attributed to stress at the hands of Union troops. His Will instructed the heirs to donate lots for public purposes
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, February 13, 2021
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“as it should be deemed necessary to grow up the town.” Although Scott had been unsuccessful in relocating the county seat from Bellefonte, county offices were moved to Scottsboro five years after his death.

He and his wife, Elizabeth Ann Parsons Scott; their son, Dr. Robert T. Scott. Jr; and several of the elder Scotts' grandchildren are buried in the Scott Family Cemetery.
 
Erected 2014 by Jackson County Historical Association and Alabama Historical Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesIndustry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1800.
 
Location. 34° 39.953′ N, 86° 1.112′ W. Marker is in Scottsboro, Alabama, in Jackson County. Marker can be reached from Veterans Drive (Alabama Route 35) north of Lee Highway (U.S. 72), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scottsboro AL 35768, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Friendship Park / The Decision That Saved the Sons of Scottsboro (a few steps from this marker); Robert Thomas and Elizabeth Scott, Sr. Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Robert E. Jones, Jr. / Jones House (approx. ¾ mile away); College Hill Historic District
Robert Thomas Scott, Sr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, February 13, 2021
3. Robert Thomas Scott, Sr. Marker
(approx. ¾ mile away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Jackson County Courthouse And The Scottsboro Boys (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Robert Thomas Scott (approx. one mile away); Gen. Andrew Jackson (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scottsboro.
 
More about this marker. There is a parking area, with several spaces, just off Veterans Drive near the cemetery. A pedestrian-only gravel path leads up a steep hill to the cemetery.
 
Also see . . .  Scottsboro – Robert Thomas Scott the founder convinced a railroad to run the rail line through. By Donna R. Causey for the Alabama Pioneers blog. (Submitted on February 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Scott Family Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, February 13, 2021
4. Scott Family Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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