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Property Name Hofmann Apiaries
Reference Number 15000982
State Minnesota
County Waseca
Town Janesville
Street Address 4661 420th Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 1/19/2016
Areas of Significance AGRICULTURE
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The Hofmann Apiaries, located at 4661 420th Avenue, near Janesville, Minnesota, is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A, with the Area of Significance being Agriculture. Its level of significance is statewide, due to its prominence in the beekeeping industry and high honey production levels. The apiary relates to the state context of Railroads and Agricultural Development: 1870-1950. The period of significance begins in 1907, when historic photos show that Emil Hofmann had begun designating extensive resources to keeping bees, and also when planning began for the 1908 conversion of the hog bam to a dedicated Honey House. The period of significance ends in 1933, when the local Janesville bank foreclosed on the farm. The importance of the Hofmann Apiaries is in its role as a preeminent and innovative business that achieved significant state and national recognition for its beekeeping practices. The apiary function is clearly demonstrated in the remaining resources, which retain exceptional integrity and which effectively demonstrate the history of beekeeping practices in Minnesota.

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