SIA1667: Lye Collection Hopper - Blue Ridge Mountain

Photographer:Calvin J. Hamilton
Copyright:© 2005 Calvin J. Hamilton
Location:Blue Ridge National Park, Virginia

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Ashes from the fireplace were collected and dumped in this hopper. Water poured through the ashes produced lye which was collected from the drain at the bottom. The lye was mixed with old fat and meat drippings to make soap. Lye soap was then used to wash whatever needed washing, people or clothes.

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