Wash Place

Wash Place (HMTP1)

Location: Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 Transylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 21.087', W 82° 46.846'

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Keeping themselves clean

Students were responsible for doing their own laundry. Everyone,including Mrs. Gillespie and Mrs. Case, came here on washday. Clothes were boiled in a kettle over an open fire using "Octagon" soap from the commissary or homemade soap if you were thrifty. Clothing and bedding were hung over branches and fence rails to dry.

Soap making was a skill every good housewife once knew. Rainwater was first poured through fireplace ash several times to leach out the lye. The lye was then boiled with animal fat until the mixture thickened. When the mixture cooled it was hard enough to cut into cakes that could be used to clean everything from dishes to laundry to children.
HM NumberHMTP1
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 6:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 338191 N 3913473
Decimal Degrees35.35145000, -82.78076667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 21.087', W 82° 46.846'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 21' 5.22" N, 82° 46' 50.76" W
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Area Code(s)828
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest NC 28768, US
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