Once the sun had set at Jamestown, artificial light would be needed to see. Most of the men probably had to rely on light from the campfires or, if lucky, hearth fires. The gentlemen would have been able to afford candles made of beeswax and tallow, which would have given them their own private source of light for reading or writing.
A few earthenware candlesticks have been recovered from the site. Fragments from brass ones have also been found.