The saga of the Alligator Point salt cauldron

A look at the site on Alligator Point where the Heurings found the old salt cauldron.

A look at the site on Alligator Point where the Heurings found the old salt cauldron.

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 10:16 AM.

An old salt cauldron discovered at Alligator Point will remain at the Carrabelle History Museum.

Last September, Gale Heuring and her family vacationed on Alligator Point at 1377 Chip Morrison Drive. On the beach, in front of their cottage, they found an old metal cauldron.

They dug the pot up and dragged it from the sand. Heuring, concerned about ownership of the pot, called the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Officer Goldie Harris responded to the call.

Heuring said Harris was excited about the find. “She wasn’t sure what it was but she said ‘Yes, you’re renting the property. You found it. It’s considered yours and you can take it home.’”

Heuring said at the time, she suggested donating the pot to the Carrabelle museum but her daughter wanted to put it in her yard so the family packed up the cauldron and took it home to Tallahassee.

Gale Heuring remained interested in the pot and searched online for information explaining what it was. She came upon the website of the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) and wound up writing to Mike Wisenbaker, an archaeologist for the Florida Department of State Division of Historical Resources.

Wisenbaker wrote Heuring in October with good news and bad news. He told her the cauldron was a syrup kettle that had been converted into a salt cauldron during the Civil War.

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