Fort Hill Morning

Salt hay was harvested from the marsh in barges; the forests were cleared of trees; and as local wood disappeared, an Irish-born minister taught residents how to dry and burn peat. Even the salt of the sea was gathered – first by boiling (a costly, wood-consuming practice), and then by solar evaporation. This activity grew until in 1830 salt vats dotted the water’s edge of Nauset Marsh.

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