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Brevard in Transylvania County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Wash Place

Keeping themselves clean

 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 18, 2011
1. Wash Place Marker
Inscription. Students were responsible for doing their own laundry. Everyone,including Mrs. Gillespie and Mrs. Case, came here on washday. Clothes were boiled in a kettle over an open fire using “Octagon” soap from the commissary or homemade soap if you were thrifty. Clothing and bedding were hung over branches and fence rails to dry.

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Soap making was a skill every good housewife once knew. Rainwater was first poured through fireplace ash several times to leach out the lye. The lye was then boiled with animal fat until the mixture thickened. When the mixture cooled it was hard enough to cut into cakes that could be used to clean everything from dishes to laundry to children.
 
Location. 35° 21.087′ N, 82° 46.846′ W. Marker is in Brevard, North Carolina, in Transylvania County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 276 half a mile south of Yellow Gap Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pisgah Forest NC 28768, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Draw Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Hell Hole (within shouting distance of this marker); Commissary (within shouting distance
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 18, 2011
2. Wash Place Marker
of this marker); Ranger's Dwelling (within shouting distance of this marker); Schenck's Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line in North carolina); Blacksmith (about 400 feet away); Rock House Creek Lodge (about 400 feet away); Biltmore Forest School (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brevard.
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 18, 2011
3. Wash Place
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2011, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 5, 2011, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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