John Calwell, the candlemaker, " hadbuilt lately a large house of three storiedhigh which was looked on to be the best in town, with storehouses, etc. for carrying on the trade..."Journal of William StephensJune 25, 1745
During its short history, Frederica's residentsengaged in a variety of occupations. Therewere literally "butchers, bakers and candlestickmakers." 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 alsoa 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 shellconcrete visible in the foundation ruins. Theremains of the baking oven and two fireplacescan also be seen.