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Location: West Virginia         Length: 29 min


This film interprets the historical archaeology at the Marmet Lock Replacement Project in Kanawha County, West Virginia. The excavations uncovered four salt furnaces, John Reynolds' mansion, the cabin occupied by his slaves, and the cemetery where he and several family members were buried. The film uses historical and industrial archaeology, bioanthropology and historic documents to detail the rise and fall of the Reynolds family and the local salt industry which helped spark the Industrial Revolution in America.


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Produced and directed by Daniel Boyd


Copyright 2003 by Paradise Film Institute



Web links:


Archeology of the Great Kanawha Navigation (Robert F. Maslowski; Council for West Virginia Archaeology)

Council for West Virginia Archaeology

History of West Virginia Mineral Industries – Salt (Institute For the History of Technology and Industrial Archaeology, West Virginia University)

Council for West Virginia Archaeology (West Virginia State University)

History Tour of Malden (Wonderful West Virginia)

US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District