Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association

Going Strong Since 1904

Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild

Serving the Philadelphia area


Norris Childs

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The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild has grown from what began in 2009 as a small, informal group of local beekeepers. Because of the swift growth of our membership, The Guild quickly established itself as a not-for-profit organization.

We have transitioned to an online format.  Meeting log-in information is provided for each event on our website and on social media.

Thanks for your interest, and please contact us. We hope to see you at our next meeting!

Our Mission:
Located in the cradle of American Beekeeping, the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild works to encourage and promote urban beekeeping through fellowship and education, and to raise awareness of the importance of bees to our environment.

Why do we say we are in the “cradle” of American Beekeeping? Because Philadelphia is the birthplace of Lorenzo L. Langstroth, the inventor of the removable frame hive based on the concept of “bee space.” Without this hive style, American agriculture would be severely hampered. Lorenzo was born at 106 South Front St. on Christmas Day in 1810.

Not only that, but Langstroth’s “eureka” moment – when the whole design of this hive came clear to his mind – occurred as he walked from his apiary in West Philadelphia, back home to center city one night in 1851. So, the concept of bee space materialized (his discovery) here and the hive (his invention) was designed and patented in Philadelphia.

Referring to the births of the inventor, his idea, and his design, we consider Philadelphia the “cradle of American beekeeping.”

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Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association is a 501(c)5 non-profit organization. 110 Holly Hill Dr, Oakdale, PA 15071

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