Honey Bee quilt block

I have been told that when one grows up with only molasses as a sweetener on food, it loses its appeal after a number of years.  Grandmother Lucy was born in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky on the eve of the Civil War.  If a family kept a bee hive or two, there was always sweet honey as an alternate treat to molasses.  The bees did require a bounty of flowers, which grew in the fallow fields and along the hedgerows.  By 1880, her father Richard had died, so perhaps honey would have also been a barter item, or a source of income for the family.


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