Origins of the Balsam Wreath

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The first Balsam Christmas Wreath is believed to have been made in the Washington County Area of Maine in the early 1930’s. Our family, The Sprague’s, moved into the Cherryfield/Milbridge area in the late 1700’s and were some of the early pioneers to this time proven Christmas tradition.

The Wreaths were handmade and shipped to the Boston markets for many years. As with most cottage industries, it was a family affair with the men gathering Balsam Tips, the school age children preparing the boughs, and the women of the family making the wreaths.

It was tedious work, and the end of the season couldn’t come fast enough. But every year, with the coming of cool weather, memories faded and the allure of spending Christmas money spirited the coming season.

The long Tradition continues much as it did over 75 years ago. The fragrant smell of fresh balsam Christmas Wreaths and Trees adorn many homes across America.

We sincerely hope you will continue the Spirit of Christmas with our Maine made Balsam products.