After 30 years at our current location in the picturesque Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire, Bayberry Barn is saying farewell to our physical storefront and transitioning into an on-line shop. Although we, and our visitors, will miss “the barn”, we are excited to take the next step in our journey in business and life and will now be available to you 24/7 for secure and easy on-line ordering of our TRUE BAYBERRY CANDLES and accessories — the namesake of our store and a customer favorite for decades. The barn store-front is still open and we have many of your favorite items left to browse and purchase in person. We will be adding items available on-line as we settle in to our new “home” on the web; we encourage you to visit often and check out what’s new! As always, you are welcome to contact us in person via phone any time with any questions or for more information.
Featuring True (Real) Bayberry Candles
6″ Boxed Pair – $12.95 plus shipping and handling
8″ Boxed Pair – $14.95 plus shipping and handling
The Legend of Bayberry…
“A Bayberry candle burnt to the socket puts luck in the home, food in the larder, and gold in the pocket.”
We carry authentic and genuine bayberry candles made from the wax of the berries of the Bayberry shrub.
Bayberry candles and the traditions we associate with them began during colonial times. When colonists and early settlers boiled the fruit from the waxy grey “berry” of the hearty native “Bay” Berry shrubs along the Eastern Coast, they found it left a fragrant wax on top of the water. Better still, the bayberry wax was harder and more brittle than the beeswax they were using.
Although making bayberry candles was considerably more effort, the colonists discovered that they burned longer and cleaner, with a brighter light than other candles. Because they took so much effort to make, many families saved them for special occasions, such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Eventually, burning bayberry candles on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve became tradition, and even inspired the saying, “Bayberry candles burned to the socket, puts luck in the home, food in the larder, and gold in the pocket.”
Another tradition was for sweethearts who were separated on Christmas to burn bayberry candles; legend said that the couple would be united by the candles’ lovely scent.