Town of Saltville Eyes Big Plans

by Monica Hoel
There’s a Labor Day party coming up in Saltville, Virginia, but town leaders are looking at much more than just a big weekend.

Todd Young, Mayor of Saltville, and Brian Martin, Town Manager of Saltville, are enthusiastic about what it takes to run and revive a small town. They are just two of many hard-working public servants in this unique little town that has in its history woolly mammoths, conquistadors, Early Native Americans, a fascinating Revolutionary War soldier, Civil War Battles, and even the rocket fuel that fired up the Apollo missions.

Additionally, they are situated in a unique natural location: Saltville is qualified as an “inland marsh,” which makes it one of the most fascinating places in the region to watch birds. Everything from routinely present migrating warblers and ducks to surprise visitors like Great Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Lesser Yellow Legs, Pectoral Sandpipers, and a new visitor that currently has experts and amateurs excited (see photo). 

Because of that unique natural space that sets Saltville apart, the town is looking at “out of the box” thinking when it comes to plans for future development.

Check out the podcast on the Duck Pond Wall, and plan your own visit to this fascinating place. Find their Labor Day festivities schedule on their town website, and whatever you do, don’t miss a chance to visit the Museum of the Middle Appalachians!

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2255-emaly-allison-is-a-heritage-interpreterand-tiktok"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,843,958/10962_emaly_allison.rev.1647539235.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,843,958/10962_emaly_allison.rev.1647539235.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,843,958/10962_emaly_allison.rev.1647539235.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,843,958/10962_emaly_allison.rev.1647539235.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,843,958/10962_emaly_allison.rev.1647539235.jpg" alt="Emaly Allison E&H Class of 2019 Heritage Interpreter" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,843,958/10962_emaly_allison.rev.1647539235.jpg 2x" data-max-w="843" data-max-h="958" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2255-emaly-allison-is-a-heritage-interpreterand-tiktok">Emaly Allison is a Heritage Interpreter...and TikTok Star</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Emaly Allison is right where she wants to be: standing on a frozen lake. <a href="/live/news/2255-emaly-allison-is-a-heritage-interpreterand-tiktok" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
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