National register of historic places
Back in the 1800’s what it was a large plantation, Scarborough House was located near the bustling community of Oak Grove. Little is known of the origins of Oak Grove. The community was never incorporated, and little remains now except a few of the oaks. The origins of the community may go back as far as the eighteenth century when stage lines ran through this area carrying passengers to Tarboro, Waynesborough (and later Goldsboro), and Martinsboro (later Greenville). Ammons Tavern (possibly a corruption of Amerson’s Tavern, Amerson being a local landowner), about one- half a mile north of the Scarborough House furnished amenities and lodging to travelers on the stagecoach route. The location of Oak Grove is said to have been equidistant from the three county seats, and therefore was an ideal stopping place on all the stage lines. A number of dwellings and a post office were also said to have been a part of the small community. In 1830 the shift of the community southwards became evident with the establishment of White Oak Baptist Church just south of the Scarborough House. When the plank road from Wilson to Greenville was completed in 1835, the focus of the community became the road, and by 1864 the name “Saratoga” was in use although it was not until the l870s that the town was incorporated.
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Learn more about the Scarborough Plantation, Scarborough Family and Ancestors. Click an image below.
Lisa y. hendersen
Black Wide Awake
Explore the historical findings of Lisa Y. Hendersen, as she continues to investigate the lives of the enslaved people who lived and worked on the Scarborough land. afamwilsonnc.com
Southern Kith & Kin
Read this classic historical book by Jewel Davis Scarborough, where she in great detail, lays out the many ancestors and descendants of Major James Scarborough.
preservation of wilson
Leading the way in preserving historic homes in Wilson County, POW has been at the forefront of revitalization in our community.
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Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation
Scarborough House Resort is committed to a long-term and ongoing effort to more deeply understand and respond to the historic role this property contributed to the injustice of slavery, as well as the legacies of enslavement on the Scarborough Plantation. Through engagement with the members of the Preservation of Wilson, collaborative projects with our surrounding community, and continued initiatives of learning and research, the Scarborough House Resort resolves to memorialize and reconcile with the wrongs of the past. We aim to follow a path of love and respect for all humanity, creating an inclusive environment, where all people will feel welcomed.
Below are some important historical facts. This information will continue to be updated, as new facts come to light. Should you or anyone you know have information, photographs, documents or other artifacts pertaining to Scarborough Plantation or it’s below listed persons, please contact PreserveOldWilson@gmail.com or reach out to our Scarborough Staff. Thank you.
Known Enslaved People from the Scarborough Plantation:
Bluford, Guilford, Nan, Aggy, Silvia, Bunny, Milly, Lemon, Washington, Tom Sumter, Young Aggy, Haywood, Luke, Orange, Willis, and Treasy
* Please Note: The enslaved were stripped from any of their ownership and heritage when they were sold. It is assumed that the above named slaves would have had “Scarborough” as a last name.
Scarborough Family Members:
James Scarborough, Martha Scarborough, Zilly Scarborough, John R. Scarborough
Millicent Eason, Elisabeth Eason, James S. Eason, Polly P. Eason, Joshua B. Eason
April 22nd,2023 - Scarborough House Honors Former Slaves
This is a beautiful contribution to the architectural and cultural history of the site. With this tribute, we recognize the former enslaved residents from over 200 years ago. We are so grateful for the collaboration and continued support of Black Wide Awake, and thank Ms. Lisa Y. Henderson for her report prepared for Scarborough House Resort, Saratoga, North Carolina - 8 April 2023
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Changing the Narrative – Creating New Memories
Meika & Josh Darville
We dubbed them
The Scarborough House DIGGERS
Often, we are blessed with some very interesting guests! Many stop along their travels, exploring and enjoying the history of the Scarborough House Resort. The fine folks in this video, stayed in our Historic Residence while investigating the land, and unearthing so many wonderful artifacts from past. Wartime memorabilia, old money, buttons, and so much more. Really neat stuff!
Please contact us today, to plan your own investigative stay at the historic Scarborough House Resort, in Stantonsburg, North Carolina.