Bay County Revisits Its Salty Past

By: Kavontae Smalls Email
By: Kavontae Smalls Email

St. Andrews Bay is being raided for its salt, just like it was during the Civil War as the Gulf State Guards host its Second Annual St. Andrews Bay ‘Salt Works Raid’.

Salt was a big business in Bay County about 150 years ago. The salt water from the bay was boiled down during the Civil War, and used for things like preserving meat and hides. The Gulf State Guards and members of the USS Pawnee Marines reenact the role of the Navy coming ashore using Civil War era amphibious assault vehicles. They also perform a mock-battle along the shore fighting for the salt in St. Andrews Bay. The purpose of the reenactment is to showcase how important salt production was to the local area during the war, and to show how those soldiers lived.

The Gulf State Guards also set up a campsite with traditional tents, using some of the same tools and furniture that soldiers used over 150 years ago.

The Guards plan to perform the reenactment Sunday at 2:00pm on Beach Drive in Panama City.


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