J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works

We are a 7th Generation salt making family business. William Dickinson began producing salt in the Kanawha Valley of Virginia in 1817. The region grew to be the largest salt making area of the country. The ancient Iapetus Ocean lies deep below the Appalachian Mountains. This brine was coming to the surface in springs. Large animals congregated near the springs, followed by Native Americans, and then European settlers. The brine was boiled down, using timber, then coal, to produce the salt crystals. Most of the salt traveled down the Kanawha River, to the Ohio River and on to “Porkopolis” or Cincinnati.

Today siblings, Nancy Bruns and Lewis Payne, have revived the industry, but use only the power of the sun to evaporate the brine. The salt is sold to restaurants, retailers and consumers around the world.

The facility is open for tours and shopping. The shop contains a carefully curated collection of Appalachian products.

Contact Information

Nancy Bruns
Reservations and Information:

4797 County Route 60/12, Charleston, West Virginia 25306, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    April-December from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Saturday January-March from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday
  • Seasons Open

    Tours are conducted from mid April to mid November
  • Prices and Fees

    regular tours are free, experiential tours are $15
  • Accessibility

    We have a ramp to our shop. We can accommodate and alter tours for any need.
  • Eco Friendly Notes

    We have a very low environmental footprint, using only the sun to evaporate our brine. We have solar panels on 2 buildings to supplement our power needs.
  • Locally or Family Owned Notes

    This is a 7th generation, family owned business.
  • Pet Friendly Notes

    We welcome pets on leashes. They are not allowed in our sunhouses but can be in our shop.