Broom Corn History

Scotia and Schenectady, NY

Schenectady, as well as Scotia and Glenville, were the chief centers of broom making in the United States in the mid-19th century. In the mid 1800s, Scotia was well known as the center of the Broom industry with almost 100 operating broomcorn farms, manufacturing up to 1,000,000 brooms a year. Schenectady County’s history shows that the broomcorn industry began in 1812 and peaked between 1840 and 1860, growing on the river flats of the Mohawk.

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A field of broom corn on the south bank of the Mohawk River around 1870.
Note Burr Bridge that connected with Scotia.
Source: Grems-Doolittle Library Photograph Collection

Whitmyre Broom Shop - Schenectady - 1947

Broom Corn House in Glenville

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