Wednesday, July 8, 2020

James Harrod’s Beehive

Not James Harrod's beehive!
Illustration from John Eales

Harrod was the first person in Kentucky to set up a beehive. Because the new settlers loved sweets, they went to some trouble to get them. On one trip to the Tenmile country, he harvested a bee gum, which is a portion of a hollow gum tree where honeybees set up hives. He loaded it on to his boat and brought the hive home. Word traveled amazingly fast and the settlers from all over the Bluegrass came to buy honey in Harrodsburg. It is said that Isaac Shelby, a Tennessee pioneer, and the future first governor of Kentucky, paid Harrod a cow and a calf for honey.

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