Agricultural and Animal Husbandry

Bee SmokerMETC4139

The beekeeper’s smoker, invented during the mid-19th century, douses bees in smoke to make them less likely to sting while handling. The smoker featured here consists of a metal fire pot with an attached canvas and wood bellows. The bellows pumps air into the pot to release a cool smoke from its spout.

In the mid-1700s, beeswax was used as a commodity to trade in local New Jersey stores, and people in the area of Newark Township bought and sold metheglin, a spiced or flavored mead or honey beer which was popular during this era.


Other Agricultural and Animal Husbandry artifacts that can be found in the museum: Cradle scythe, horse tools (saddles, harnesses, house shoes), seed planters,  bee keeping equipment, bee hives, bee smoker, animal pokes, and pitchforks.

Other Agricultural and Animal Husbandry Arifacts