Candle making at the Pensacola Historic Village

 

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It’s always a nice day to be at the Pensacola Historic Village, but today was extra nice.  Located in the heart of downtown Pensacola, the village boasts an outdoor kitchen, two historic homes, the Museums of Commerce and Industry and several other large, historic homes.  I always meet fabulous people (volunteers and visitors!).  Unfortunately, it seems like no one from Pensacola ever comes to the village!  You all need to get yourselves here!

Today, I talked about what an important commodity beeswax was to the colonists living in Pensacola.  With two thriving ports (Mobile Bay and Pensacola Bay), we had lots of chances to ship out beeswax.  The poorer of the colonists would have used tallow candles but the wealthier colonists and the churches would have been fortunate enough to use beeswax candles.

Did you know that beeswax candles emit light on the same spectrum as natural sun light?  For this reason, beeswax candles are used as a treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Beeswax candles also emit negative ions when burned.  Unlike petroleum based candles, they help to purify the air.

As beeswax candles mature, or season, they develop a bloom on the surface (just like fine chocolate!).  Don’t burn your beeswax candles before this bloom has developed or you could be stuck with a goopy mess of wax!

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These candles are all freshly made.  They will need a week or two before being ready for burning.

Some more photos from today’s event:

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