Historic Malden, West Virginia Tour
During the first half of the nineteenth century, Malden, West Virginia was the seat of a booming salt industry in the Kanawha Valley. Originally known as the Kanawha Salines, underground brine deposits in Malden’s vicinity began to be developed into a commercial salt industry as early as 1808, which peaked during the 1850s. After the Civil War, the valley’s salt-works declined and gave way to today’s chemical industry, and Malden became a primarily residential community. This tour guides visitors to the historical sites in and around Malden, including two of the state’s oldest churches, Booker T. Washington’s boyhood home, and an artisanal salt-making business with historic roots.