Early in American history, brooms were used to sweep everything from cabins and homes to European castles. All brooms were made by individuals from whatever local materials were available. For example reeds, grasses, small twigs, branches and corn husks were used. They were crudely made and served short term use, requiring frequent replacements. History records an original broom made in 1797. It was a most amazing broom made from sorghum fibers that quickly became very popular. By 1820 the Shakers started mechanizing the broom industry.
We are stepping back in time to revisit an era when brooms were made by the individual to brighten and add a decorative flare as well as keeping the home clean. This pattern and design was developed by the immigrants from the British Isles, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Western Europe. Settlers throughout the Appalachian region blended their skills and crafts. Although brooms were manufactured in Massachusetts and sent all around the country, there were isolated communities that carried on the traditions of the old ways well into the early 1900 century.