Honey of a Museum / Honey Acres

 © Photographed November 12, 2014
Owned and Operated Family Business since 1852 (yes, 1852!)
Ashippun, Dodge County, Wisconsin
43.248541,-88.517982

Honey of a Museum is located on southbound Wisconsin Highway 67 between County Road MM (about 1.4 miles to the north) and County Road O (about 2.2 miles to the south, Ashippun (Neosho), Wisconsin 53059.

What a fabulous place! A complete surprise! Unfortunately, it was around 23 degrees when Dexter and I arrived -- which meant I couldn't leave him in the car to explore the museum. With the engine running and the heater on, he waited patiently (such a good doggie!) while I quickly snapped these few photos. 

Back home, the first thing I did was locate the Honey Acres website. This family owned and operated business has been in the Christian Friederich Diehnelt family since 1852! There's a variety of honey products available for purchase, a sweet museum to tour, and other honey-related activities. Gotta get back to this place, for sure!

Honey Acres is open year-round, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; May through October 30 they're also open Saturdays, Noon to 4:00 p.m. They're closed Sundays and holidays.

The family history and several old time photos.
In 1852, Christian Friederich Diehnelt brought [his] skill, knowledge, and love for beekeeping from Rosswein, Germany to the meadowlands of Wisconsin . . .

Did you know bees fly an average of 13-15 miles per hour, and that honeybees visit approximately 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey!? Learn lots of interesting facts about bees and honey here: Honey Acres: A Romance with Honey.


Established 1864; initially known as the "Wisconsin Beekeepers Association" (see poster below); name changed to "Wisconsin Honey Producers Association" in 1965)





 BEE BOLES
A bee bole is a niche in a 
masonry wall used to shelter a
straw skep beehive. Hundreds
of boles can still be found all
over Europe where they have
been used for over 600 years.


 Instead of dirt and poison we
have rather chose to fill our
Hives with Honey and Wax,
thus furnishing mankind with
the two noblest of things which
are sweetness and light.
Jonathan Swift
1667-1745


 The three buildings on the left were
erected in the 1850's. They served as the
Oconomowoc Library from 1901 to 1967.
Bricks from these buildings were used to
build our bee boles and fountain in 1989.


 This is a replica of an oldtime
beehive near Siedlce, Poland.
Bees lived in the hollowed-out
space. Honey was harvested by
cutting the combs from the nest.


 The museum entrance.

 Inside the building.

 This 1941 poster advertised honey along well-travelled highways
throughout Wisconsin. One hundred and sixty five [sic] signs were
displayed in February of 1941 and again in the fall of that year.
Wisconsin Beekeepers were required to share the cost of the
posters. Individual contributions ranged from 25 cents to $1.00.
Several beekeeping associations donated as much as $5.00 or
$6.00. One hundred and fifty dollars was collected for the
project.

Walter Diehnelt served as president of the Wisconsin Beekeepers
association [sic] at that time. His daughter, Louise Diehnelt, was the
secretary.

 Stained-glass window at the entrance to the museum.

Highway sign on northbound Wisconsin Highway 67
(there's another on southbound Wisconsin Highway 67,
but I was unable to stop to photograph it).

 The museum is located in Ashippun, Wisconsin.

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