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Mount Vernon

Salt house

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Salt house. Filled with many of the supplies needed for George Washington's fishing operation, the most important of which was salt. Washington developed an extensive and profitable fishing enterprise, harvesting huge quantities of shad, herring, and sturgeon that migrated up the Potomac river every spring. After the fish were thoroughly cleaned and prepared, they were packed in barrels with salt. The salt kept the fish from spoiling, allowing it to be stored for consumption the following winter or shipped to markets overseas.

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