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Frederica - Candlemaker

 
 
Frederica - Candlemaker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 10, 2009
1. Frederica - Candlemaker Marker
Inscription. John Calwell, the candlemaker, " had built lately a large house of three storied high which was looked on to be the best in town, with storehouses, etc. for carrying on the trade..." Journal of William Stephens June 25, 1745

During its short history, Frederica's residents engaged in a variety of occupations. There were literally "butchers, bakers and candlestick makers." At this site John Calwell and his family made candles and soap fine enough to export to Pennsylvania and New York.

Calwell, like other Frederica residents, worked at more than one trade or profession. He was also a travelling merchant, shopkeeper, surveyor, baliff, and "Conservator of the Peace."

The Calwell House was one of the best in town, with thick walls made of tabby, an oyster shell concrete visible in the foundation ruins. The remains of the baking oven and two fireplaces can also be seen.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 31° 13.429′ N, 81° 23.482′ W. Marker is in St. Simons Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker can be reached from Frederica Drive. Click for map. At Fort Frederica National Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Simons Island GA 31522, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Frederica - Candlemaker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nat. Park Serv., May 10, 2009
2. Frederica - Candlemaker Marker
Artist's concept of the Calwell House
(at bottom) Candles were made by pouring melted animal fat, or tallow, into molds strung with wicks.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frederica - Indian Interpreter (within shouting distance of this marker); A New House? (within shouting distance of this marker); Shoemaker and Soldier (within shouting distance of this marker); Tavernkeepers (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederica - Huts and Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); The Flesh Market (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frederica (about 400 feet away); The Town Wall (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Simons Island.
 
Regarding Frederica - Candlemaker. Wayside drawings on the exhibits are artist's
conceptions based on available information.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Frederica - Candlemaker ruins, oven and fireplaces image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 10, 2009
3. Frederica - Candlemaker ruins, oven and fireplaces
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 484 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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