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Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Scarboro to Siko, Sink to Snap, and onward to Star
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Roger Allen

Note: The following is part of a series of columns looking at the founding and general history of southeast Georgia and Bulloch County.


The town of Scarboro was named for Enos Scarborough. When the Central of Georgia Railroad built a depot here they called it Station No. 7. Most businesses in Scarborough closed as Rocky Ford grew. Corne-lius Platter of the 81st Ohio Infantry crossed the Ogeechee River here on Friday, Dec. 2, 1864, and he and his men discovered that “alligators were quite numerous” in the river around Scarborough.

Shearwood sat alongside the Savannah and Statesboro Railway line. Their postmasters were George M. Shearouse and Marvin M. Phillips. This town eventually became part of the community of Truckers.

Little is known about the town of Siko. The Deal family originally submitted the name Deals for their post office but it was rejected in favor of Siko. The post office was only open seven months in 1890 with postmasters John Ander (or Anderson) and Calvin Deal.

Sink was located just south of the fork of Lotts Creek and Little Lotts Creek. James W. Wilson asked for the right to open a post office here called Sink Hole, but they rejected that name so he chose Sink instead. 

The second postmaster, John J. Lane, closed the Sink post office. Lane then opened up a new post office several miles away in a new town which he chose to call Enal (which is his name spelled backwards.)

One of the very earliest communities in Bulloch County, Social Circle was located several miles east of Statesboro. Local residents recorded that the village of Social Circle was established in Bulloch County sometime before 1818.  

It is said that passers-by meeting on connecting roads here would often pull out a jug and sit for a while. An 1807 Bulloch County land plat shows a road from Social Circle intersected with the main Indian Trail.

Snap (or Snapp) was a village northeast of Brag (or Bragg.) Clito was the nearest railroad station. Snap’s postmaster was James N. Brunson, who requested the name Brunson, which was rejected in favor of Snap.

Star was a village that sat on Big Lotts Creek located 4 miles north of the Jimps station on the Bruton and Pineora Railroad line. The post office here was in Postmaster James A. Brannen's house.


Roger Allen is a local lover of history. Allen provides a brief look each week at the area's past. E-mail Roger at

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