Salts Works CenterDuring the Civil War, salt—essential for the preservation of meat—was vitally important to the massive Union and Confederate armies. Currituck County's location was ideal for salt works, and Knotts Island's residents made salt both here and across the sound on the Outer Banks. Local resident Henry Ansell wrote of accompanying his uncle, John Beasley, to recover two salt pans that a storm had buried and later uncovered. Beasley claimed that he had boiled salt under the islands cedar trees since the War of 1812. Federal raids targeted Southern salt works such as those here. Jonathan Worth, State Salt Commissioner, wrote in 1862, "The taking of Roanoke island will cut off Salt making in Currituck? the best place yet discovered on our Coast for making Salt."
|Series||This marker is part of the North Carolina Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||North Carolina Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 3:08pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 417545 N 4040700|
|Decimal Degrees||36.50810000, -75.92080000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 30.486', W 75° 55.248'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 30' 29.16" N, 75° 55' 14.88" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 124 State Rd 1259, Knotts Island NC 27950, US|
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