Madame Octavia Le Vert 11 oz. Natural Soy Candle

by Mobile Bay Shop


"A classically refined hostess who has foreign dignitaries falling at her feet and poets hanging on her every word."

Scent: White Orchid - A delicate fragrance of white tea blended with a slightly spicy ginger topped off with hints of lemon and green tea.

Every candle is hand-poured, made from all natural and renewable soybean wax with 100% cotton wicks.

Octavia Walton Le Vert (1810 – 1877) was a socialite and writer whose lavish parties for Mobile society and salon gatherings for intellectuals, politicians and dignitaries were world-renowned. Born in Augusta, Georgia, she moved with her parents to Mobile in 1835, where she married Dr. Henry Levert. (Though he spelled his last name as one word, Octavia reverted to the original French spelling of the name.) The Leverts settled into a home at the corner of St. Emanuel and Government streets, expanding it into a mansion in 1847. Here she won over high society as wife, mother, hostess and manager of the household.

She toured Europe, calling upon their highest society including the courts of the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy. She was even presented to Queen Victoria herself. In 1855, Le Vert was appointed to serve as the state of Alabama’s commissioner to the Exposition Universelle in Paris, as the Exposition's only female commissioner. While on this European trip she met Napoleon III and Pope Pius IX.

At home in Mobile, Madame Le Vert entertained the likes of James Buchanan, Joe Jefferson and Alexander H. Stephens, all the while corresponding with everyone from Millard Fillmore to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Edgar Allen Poe wrote poetry about her.

She became one of the first female Southern writers to achieve national recognition, and she was posthumously inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1990. She is remembered for encouraging the development of music and the arts in antebellum Mobile.

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