Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Salt Works

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Location: 904 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC
County: Horry
Coordinates: N 33° 41.532    W 078° 52.713
  33.6922    -78.87855


Salt Works

Used to tan leather, preserve food and as a dietary supplement, salt was a necessary commodity for the southern war effort. To meet demand, salt works operated all along the Confederacy’s Atlantic & Gulf coasts. Seawater pumped into 100-gallon, wood-fired kettles was boiled off leaving the precious salt crystals. Salt works were located at “Cane Patch”, now Singleton Swash* at the present day Dunes Golf and Country Club and Withers Swash which flows through Family Kingdom Amusement Park.

*Chiefly Southeastern US name for a channel of water through or behind a sandbank.