Caroline Hillman’s May Basket ~ May Day c.1848

“May Day was also celebrated by some early European settlers of the American continent. In some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made. These are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep. The giver rings the bell and runs away. The person receiving the basket tries to catch the fleeing giver. If they catch the person, a kiss is exchanged.” ~ Wikipedia

Caroline Hillman received this poem attached to her May Day Basket, c. 1848. She would have been around 16 years old. Wonder if the basket was left by Joseph Nickerson?

Caroline Hillman’s May Basket ~ May Day c.1848

Caroline Hillman Nickerson (1832-1892) Chilmark, married Joseph Baker Nickerson (14 Oct. 1853) upon returning from the California Gold Rush. Joseph was Post Master for several years at West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard. Caroline & Joseph are my great, great, great grandparents.

Happy May Day!

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