Area residents danced around the May Day Pole at Lanesfield May 7, carrying on a tradition that has been ongoing since Roman times. Lanesfield School, located at 18745 S. Dillie Rd., Edgerton was built in 1869 and closed its doors in 1963. The schoolhouse endured a fire in 1903 and is currently restored to its 1904 appearance. Many schoolhouses in Johnson County celebrated May Day by dancing around the May Day Pole and making May Day baskets. Baskets were constructed of colored papers, filled with candies and flowers, and given to older adults, mothers and those who were ill. Children attending rural schools also decorated the classroom with garlands, fresh flowers, and paper chains.
May Day at Lanesfield School
Photo courtesy of Taylor Krenger