Historic Markers Across Georgia

Frederica - Candlemaker

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: at Fort Frederica National Monument on Mimosa Dr., Saint Simons Island, GA
County: Glynn
Coordinates: N 31° 13.429    W 081° 23.482
  31.22381666    -81.39136666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


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


More information:
NPS - Fort Frederica National Monument
NPS - Fort Frederica National Monument
Wikipedia - Fort Frederica National Monument
Explore Georgia - Fort Frederica National Monument - Saint Simons Island, GA