May 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Make a May Basket at a Historic One-Room Schoolhouse
On Saturday afternoon, May 8th, the one-room Pullen’s Corner schoolhouse at Chase Farm Park, also known as “The Hot Potato School,” will celebrate the arrival of Spring with the long-lost tradition of May Baskets. Children and adults are invited to create small paper baskets filled with flowers, just like it was done in years past in this historic schoolroom.
Dating back hundreds of years, this nostalgic ritual welcomed Spring at the beginning of May with children making colorful baskets of flowers which were then brought to friends’ and neighbors’ homes and left as a surprise on their doorstep.
Timed admissions in half-hour slots between 1 – 3 p.m. provide limited attendance for safe distancing for the activity. Face masks are also required. To register and purchase tickets, visit the Hearthside House Museum website. Cost is $5 per participant.
The Pullen’s Corner Schoolhouse dates back to 1850 and is the last remaining relic from Lincoln’s educational beginnings. It was moved from its original location on Angell and Whipple Road and moved by the Town to its current home at the Great Road Heritage Campus at Chase Farm Park, 671 Great Road. Restoration of the schoolhouse was made possible by the volunteers of the Friends of Hearthside, who also provide tours and programs to bring 19th century school history to life.