Saltville in Smyth County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 2002 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number KB-6.)
Location. 36° 52.648′ N, 81° 46.063′ W. Marker is in Saltville, Virginia, in Smyth County. Marker is on West Main Street (Virginia Route 91) north of Court Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saltville VA 24370, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of Saltville Valley (approx. 0.8 miles away); Battle at Cedar Branch (approx. 1.3 miles away); Sulphur Springs Church and Campground (approx. Chilhowie (approx. 7.2 miles away); Town House (approx. 7.2 miles away); Farthest West, 1750 (approx. 7.2 miles away); a different marker also named Chilhowie (approx. 7.4 miles away); Transportation Through the Ages (approx. 7.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Saltville.
More about this marker. This marker replaced a previous marker here with the same title and number which read, “The land, patented by Charles Campbell in 1783, passed to the wife of General Francis Preston. General William Russell began saltmaking here in 1788; Thomas Madison directed the work in 1790. William King greatly enlarged the works. In 1861-64 the Confederate government obtained salt here. In October, 1964, Stoneman destroyed the salt works. The town was incorporated in 1894.”
Also see . . . Wikipedia entry. “Saltville was named for the salt marshes in the area. Prior to European settlement, these marshes attracted local wildlife. Excavations at the SV-2 archaeological site in the area have recovered several well preserved (Submitted on November 29, 2015.)
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