A tree that keeps on giving
By Kathy Conner Cornell VCE Southside Master Gardener I recently read a book called Cork Wars about Crown, Cork and Seal, a cork assembly plant based in Baltimore. Crown, Cork and Seal got their start making bottle caps for beer and soda. I can remember when bottle caps were lined with cork instead of the plastic nowadays. It was interesting to read about the company and events since I knew so many of the places. In 1940, a large fire burned $500,000 worth of baled cork. This was significant because there was a war going on in Europe and the Germans were making shipping treacherous. The cork mostly came from Morocco, Portugal and Spain.