Candle Making

Hand-dipping candles has a long tradition for rural families, who had no other source of light once the sun had gone down. Candles were used to allow working and socializing after dark -- for example, wrapping up household chores, saying evening prayers, or putting children to bed.

With the advent of more modern technologies like oil lamps, kerosene and eventually electricity, families soon found that they had no real need to dip their own candles. By the late 19th century, most Florida families only carried on candle making traditions for creating holiday decorations and the like.