Museum of the Middle Appalachians

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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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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


Prehistoric creatures visited the Saltville Valley Visit our Geology, Ice Age, Woodland Indians, Civil War and Company Town exhibits.
Visit the Museum's extensive picture library The Museum has a collection of more than 4,000 photos, available at its Museum Store.
Extensive Photo Library at Museum of the Middle Appalachians


Tour the Museum of the Middle Appalachian and vist it's store. The Museum Store has books relating to the Ice Age, Civil War, Native Americans, the local geology and the history of Saltville.


Upcoming Events

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Friends of the Museum of the Middle Appalachians

Friends of the Museum of the Middle Appalachians meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Museum's meeting room.


  Visit Saltville...

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Saltville Hall Exhibit: Good Times Here Are Not Forgotten


See permanent Civil War battle fortifications.

Salt Park, with reconstructed salt furnace

Replica of cabin where Patrick Henry's sister lived and other historic buildings

Explore the scenic beauty of the valley, surrounding hills and mountains.

See two steam locomotives.

Map of Saltville, VA -- Visit the Museum of the Middle Appalachians

  Two Historic Civil War Battle Sites
Saltville was extremely important to the Confederacy during the Civil War.  The Union wanted to destroy Saltville because it was the primary source of salt for the South.  At that time salt was the primary method of preserving food . 

Two Civil War battles were fought in Saltville -- the first was fought on October 2, 1864 and resulted in the defeat a Union army of 5,200 men.  The second battle on December 20, 1864, resulted in the capture of Saltville and it's saltworks by the Union army.  Click here to learn more.

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