Wilton Historical Society hosts Soap Making Workshop for kids on Saturday, January 13, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Colonial settlers rapidly used up whatever supplies of soap they may have brought with them to the New World. However, all the materials they needed to make their own supply were available – wood ashes and animal fat, which were natural byproducts of farm or homesteading life. Soap making was a difficult, arduous and sometimes dangerous task, requiring hours of boiling and working with caustic lye. It could take place in the fall, after butchering or in the spring to use up winter ashes and waste cooking grease. The result was a soft, slippery soap that could be ladled out of a barrel to use for laundering, cleaning, and bathing. Salt could be added to harden the soap into blocks, but it was generally too valuable for such a use.
At this workshop, children can try their hand at making soap and learn about life in Colonial Connecticut from Museum Educator Lola Chen. Kids can help make their own snack – fruit/chocolate fondue.