Beekeeper was busy a century ago
By Bill Lattin
Orleans County Historian
An itinerant photographer took this picture of an apiarist showing off his beehives during the first decade of the 20th Century.
A one-room schoolhouse shows in the background. A telephone pole may also be seen directly behind the beekeeper.
It is believed the picture was taken in either the Town of Barre or Town of Clarendon.
A glass negative was used for this image. Note the wooden boxes of combed honey on either side of the beekeeper along with the bee smoker device in front.