Village Activities

  • Watch candles being made the way early pioneers made them, then try your hand at dipping your own candle ($1/person for supplies).
  • Old-fashioned lye soap is made in a kettle over an open fire, using a centuries-old method.
  • Watch the miller grind grain in Boone’s Mill, the restored grist mill built by Squire Boone c. 1804.
  • Rock Shop – Indiana’s largest
  • Mine for fool’s gold and gemstones at the sluice.
  • Picnic areas with playgrounds
  • Nature trails
Candle Making

Candle Facts

Candles are thought to have originated around 2500 B.C. The first candles were made with vine fibers dipped in resins and wax.

Early American pioneers used animal fat to make candles. Certain animal fats were more suitable because they didn’t have a bad odor, or were harder and wouldn’t melt. In order, the preferences were beef, mutton, bear, deer, moose and elk. Pig fat was the least desirable because it is very soft and would melt on hot days.

Pioneers also thought that candles could predict the weather, good fortune, or indicate whether the family was safe. When the candlelight turned blue, it was believed that ghosts would walk.

Squire Boone Caverns’ candles are made from paraffin in 23 colors with 22 scents. Our white candles are unscented for those who are allergic to fragrances.

Boone's Kitchen
Boone's Kitchen Candy Shop

Boone’s Kitchen & Candy Shop

We welcome you to relax in the comfort of our air-conditioned dining rooms and snack on homemade pies, brownies, sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, muffins and funnel cakes. Or take a lunch break and have a giant hot dog, barbecue, ham, turkey or Reuben sandwich. Our chicken salad is made fresh every day from our own special recipe.

Try our fudge, made with real cream and butter, in several flavors. It’s made by hand right here at the Village.

The Candy Shop features novelty candies and old-fashioned favorites as well as lollipops in many sizes and shapes. Rock Crystal Candy, our most popular item, has been manufactured by Squire Boone Village since 1985.

Boone's Kitchen Counter
Soap Making

Soap Facts

Soap was used as early as 2000 B.C. Rather than for cleaning, it was used as a scent or ointment that was rubbed on the skin. It was first discovered to be a cleaning agent around 1000 B.C. There are three main ingredients in lye soap: water; lye; and lard, or tallow. Soap-making depends on a very sensitive chemical reaction which requires pure water. The pioneers used rainwater, which was collected in barrels.

Lye soap is made all summer long in the Village. One batch makes about 500 bars of soap. Because it contains no harsh chemicals or additives, lye soap is very gentle. It is good for cleaning, killing chiggers, treating poison ivy, washing hair, and removing stains from delicate clothing.