WHAT I LEARNED FROM THE ASHLAWN/HIGHLAND TOUR GUIDE

The tourguide at the Monroe house was nervous (maybe new) but with lots of interesting stories that make touring a house fun.

One story I remember is this …

Smallpox was a common disease back in the 1700s and often left huge scars or pockmarks on the faces of its victims.

Women would spread melted wax on their faces to cover the marks (how painful is THAT!), wait for the wax to cool and then cover it with makeup for a smooth “finish.”

Of course, many homes were heated by fireplaces and for women with the wax-preparation, getting too close to the fire might mean a melted face.

Hence the saying – “Mind your beeswax.”

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#John Adams was the sixth president and I have not been to his house, so I will continue with Andrew Jackson,  a house I have been to twice – in the rain.

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