West Virginia offers up a bounty of such intimacy. There’s the sweet beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, a quiet resilience to its people, and a chance to visit the past while watching its residents move surely to the future.
Before Coal, There Was Salt
Inaugural Salt Fest to Showcase History of Area’s Salt-making Industry Charleston, W.Va. – Historically, West Virginia is an extractive state. Today’s coal, natural gas and chemical industries were preceded by another extractive commodity: salt. The Kanawha Valley sits upon an ancient ocean, making it a salt-rich area. In the early 1800s, settlers moved to the area and…