Our Story

Pilgrim Candle Co., Inc., a Massachusetts-based candle manufacturing company, opened its doors for business in 1992. It started as a small one person operation, tucked in the corner of a 19th century paper mill, currently known as The Mill at Crane Pond.

The journey began when our founder, Joe Shibley, was given a layoff notice from his employer.  Instead of interviewing in the job market, Joe spent his extra time in the public library gathering information about candle making and material suppliers.  After eight months of research and testing, he sold his first candle under the brand name "Pilgrim Candle". Since that first .85 cent sale, twenty-eight years ago, Pilgrim Candle has developed a high quality line of scented candles for "Candle Lovers" all around the world. 

In 2000 Pilgrim Candle expanded its already busy operation by acquiring Main Street Candlery, a local producer of scented candles.  A few years later in 2007, Pilgrim expanded into private label manufacturing producing premium high quality candles for brands such as Calvin Kline, Vie Luxe, Helen Julia, Sephora and many more.

As we continue to grow and expand, we encourage all who see potential to expand their own brand with a candle line, to contact us about the possibly of working together, and we look forward to what lies ahead in the "2020 Candle World" and beyond!