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14,000 BP
The Saltville Valley can date its human occupation back 14,000 years.  Prehistoric creatures visited the valley, attracted by the extensive salt deposits. 

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A.D. 1000-1500
A Woodland Indian village was located at the eastern end of the valley. 

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1700s
Two of Patrick Henry's sisters moved into the Saltville Valley in the 1780's and began the commercial production of salt.  This production continued unabated for the next 200 years.

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The Saltville Foundation sponsors paleontological and archeological research in the Saltville area.
 

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Museum Admission Fees
   Adults: $3
   Seniors: $2
   Children 6-12 yrs: $2
   Children under 6 yrs: free
   Senior Groups: $1 per person
   Student Groups: $1 per person
  
   

Saltville is located eight miles north of I-81 in the southwestern part of Virginia.  Take exit 35 via Route 107 or Exit 29 via Route 91 for the short and scenic drive into Saltville.   Click here to see a map.

 Just a Few Places to Visit  

Civil War Battlefield Overlook
From the Overlook you can view the terrain on which over 7,000 soldiers engaged in combat on Sunday, October 2, 1864. Interpretive markers related the activities that took place the following Monday morning. Walk in the original trenches where soldiers fought and died.

Palmer Grist Mill
See the beauty of a replica water powered Grist Mill plus the environmental features associated with the unusual surrounding habitat. The Mill houses a community theatre and the working mechanisms from the oldest Plantation style mill in Washington County, Virginia.

King-Stuart Cabin
The cabin was occupied from its beginning (circa 1795) through the 1960s. See the many visible indicators of the numerous transitional modernization periods the cabin has experienced.

Salt Park
Located on the Smyth-Washington County line, the park is on the site of early Saltville. See a replica of a salt furnace where the 100 gallon capacity salt kettles are authentic. See an original Walking Beam Pump used as one of the various modes of extraction of brine from salt wells.

Madam Russell Church and Cabin
Visit the church which was named as a memorial to Madam Russell, Patrick Henrys’ sister. Walk through the original portion of the church and see the many beautiful features, including the magnificent stain glass windows. Tour the replica cabin of Madam Russell and enjoy the stories of her tremendous influence throughout the years.

For more interesting locations to visit in and around Saltville, visit the Saltville website.

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