b r o o m

The invention of broom took place in 1797 when a farmer of Hadley, Massachusetts named Levi Dickenson used the grass to make a broom from sorghum for his wife. 

His broom—a round bundle of broomcorn lashed to a stick with some weaving around the top—proved to be more durable and effective than previous models (resembled the sweet corn plant, broomcorn’s seeds and fibers previously used for animal feed). It was soon in demand around the region. By 1800, Dickinson and his sons were making several hundred brooms a year to sell throughout the northeastern United States.

(source: who invented broom? and The invention of the broom)

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