It perplexed us. In a state whose emblem is a beehive, why couldn’t we find locally produced honey? I mean, if you visit a state with the nickname “The Beehive State,” wouldn’t you expect to see lots of beehives?
The hive was chosen as the state symbol in 1848 and has remained so – unlike other states who can’t seem to make up their minds. For instance, Tennessee has been known as The Volunteer State, the Big Bend State, The Hog and Hominy State, and the Mother of Southwestern Statesmen. Likewise, Delaware has been known as The First State, the Diamond State, the Small Wonder, and the Blue Hen State.
Some state nicknames have obvious roots – the Mount Rushmore State for example. Others are more obscure. Like the Sooner State, the Flickertail State, the Hoosier State and the Yellowhammer State.
My favorite state nickname is Wyoming’s “Equality State.” Who wouldn’t want to be from a state famous for being the first to allow women to vote? And the first to put a women on juries, and the first to put a woman into public office. Go Wyoming!
If you want to know more about state nicknames, and how they came to be, check out the excellent 50 States website.
Here in the Beehive State, we did finally find a locally produced honey. Stumbled on it last week at the Muddy Bees Bakery in the town of Hurricane.
The owners keep a beehive in a glass case right inside the shop, with a tube that runs across the ceiling and to the outside, allowing the bees to come and go as they please.
What a cool idea.