Oxford in Butler County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Langstroth Cottage / Lorenzo Langstroth
“The Bee-Man of Oxford”
Side A: Langstroth Cottage
Reverend Lorenzo Langstroth, renowned as "The Father of American Beekeeping," lived in this simple two-story, eight-room house with his wife, Anne, and their three children from 1858 to 1887. Unchanged externally, the Greek Revival cottage features brick pilasters and pediments and a fan-shaped front window. In his garden workshop, Langstroth made experimental beehives, established an apiary, and on the ten acres that surrounded his home, grew buckwheat, clover, an apple orchard, and a "honey garden" of flowers. He imported Italian queen bees in efforts to improve native bees and shipped his queens to keepers across the United States and around the world. The Langstroth Cottage was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982.
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Side B: Lorenzo Langstroth
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Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth was born in Philadelphia on December 25, 1810. Although educated at Yale to be a clergyman and teacher, he achieved international fame as an inventor and author. Fascinated from childhood by the intricate and orderly kingdom of honeybees, he discovered "bee space," an open space of not more than three-eighths of an inch which bees would not fill to bond their combs to hives.
Erected 2002 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Miami University, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 15-9.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 30.394′ N, 84° 43.832′ W. Marker is in Oxford, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is on Patterson Avenue (U.S. 27), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is about 200 feet south of intersection with Spring Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 303 S. Patterson Avenue, Oxford OH 45056, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Verlin L. Pulley Tower (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Holmes McGuffey House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alumnae Hall Freedom Summer 1964 (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Holmes McGuffey (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mother of Fraternities (approx. half a mile away); Alpha Delta Phi (approx. half a mile away); The DeWitt Family / The DeWitt Log Homestead (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxford.
Also see . . .
1. Lorenzo Langstroth. (Submitted on November 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Langstroth on the hive and the honey-bee: a bee keeper's manual. (Submitted on November 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,456 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.