J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works

If you look at those interested in Nancy and Louis’s products, you’ll realize they have inherited the family talent for salt-making. Sean Brock of Husk in Charleston, South Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee, Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore, Maryland, and Blackberry Farms in Walland, Tennessee (just to name a few) are supporters of their salt and the craftsmanship behind it. Nancy and Louis, in turn, look to support local artisans. They’ve partnered with local companies like Allegheny Treenware in Thornton, West Virginia, who makes their cherry wood rakes and scoops that they use to harvest the salt. “Sourcing locally and regionally as much as possible is important to us and is a part of being a sustainable community,” Nancy explains.

JQD-Salt-Bottles

Nancy and Louis’s family history makes them feel connected with the area, and the feeling is mutual for many in the community. “People show up at the salt-works and share stories about their history in the area. They share pictures and such good memories,” Nancy says. As it turns out, this retelling of their family history is also a retelling of the history of the entire area. They give tours at the salt-works, during which they show the old salt office that has remained untouched for 50 years. “It has records dating back to the 1870s, old photographs, and even stencils that were used to mark the tops of the barrels of salt,” Nancy says.

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