As the American Revolution (1776) cut off imports of molasses to the Colonies, beekeeping efforts surged.
The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation's Bee Craft displays imagine the efforts of a small farm apiary circa 1776. Three generations before Langstroth's modern hive debuted in Philadelphia (1852), American beekeepers were innovating with straw skeps, bee gums (hollow logs), and early trough hives. Walk back into the 18th century and imagine with us the earliest days of American Beekeeping! Warren Graham, third generation beekeeper, will lead us through history of our young nation, highlighting the importance of honey and sweeteners to the shaping our country.
Two tours are available while attending EAS West Chester:
Monday, August 5 Thursday, August 8
3:45 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
Pick up a map at registration and drive the 10 miles/20 minutes to the site. Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation is located at Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA. Admission and parking is free with your EAS name tag.
Pictures and more information on the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation can be found on the web at www.colonialplantation.org
The West Chester Business Improvement District (BID) has set up a welcome website just for us! Be sure to visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com/view_program.php?id=280
West Chester boasts two “main” streets, one-way in each direction. Both sides of these two streets are lined with quaint shops and intimate restaurants serving delicious food. The surrounding Brandywine Valley is rich in revolutionary war history; is home to wineries, museums & galleries; and lays claim to the title “Mushroom Capitol of the World.”
We're sure that you'll find the Borough an enjoyable and attractive place for not only EAS conference participants, but also your friends and family.
Begin planning your visit to West Chester by reviewing the Visitors Guide.
You may even want to extend your stay and visit the many attractions the Brandywine Valley has to offer.
The West Chester BID would be delighted to send you a packet of information about West Chester and the Brandywine Valley. Simply go to the E-Mail Signup and provide your contact information. In the Business Name text box, please indicate "EAS".
The world famous Longwood Gardens is also nearby.
Our Mission Is:
Education and Conferences,
Master Beekeeper Certification,
Honey Bee Research Grants