Colonial Candle Program at Whitfield Museum

Have you been burning the candle at both ends lately? Then set your timers, clap your Clappers and travel back to a time before electricity and experience "The Whole Ball of Wax: Colonial Candle-Making," a special program at the Henry Whitfield State Museum on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join artisans and Revolutionary War re-enactors Bob and Melodye Whatley as they demonstrate how candles were made in Colonial times. Watch how tradesmen and housewives created the essential taper through the process of hand dipping and learn about other candle-making techniques and the challenges of lighting before the invention of gas and electric lighting. Find out if the lighting elements of the past were as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as today's sources.

Participants may prepare for their next special occasion (or power outage) by taking home some of the Whatley's hand-crafted tapers, as well as reproduction candle holders, lanterns, and lighting devices from the museum gift shop.

Reservations are not required; program admission included in the regular museum admission price. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students, $5 for children aged 6 to 17 and free for those 5 and younger. For more information, call 203-453-2457, email, or visit


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