Johnny Appleseed Day is dedicated to a man who many consider to be a fiction, but in fact he was a real person who has become an American legend. The real name of Johnny Appleseed is John Chapman. He devoted his life to the cultivation of apple trees and new varieties of apples. It was he who brought the first apple trees to the Midwest, as well as to Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.
Johnny Appleseed or John Chapman became famous not only as a cultivator and hero of American folklore, he was also a conservationist and a missionary. Apples have existed on the planet for a long time; the first mention of them dates back to 328 BC, when Alexander the Great discovered the fruit trees in Kazakhstan. At the beginning of the 17th century, apple trees were brought to the New World; in 1625, the first apple orchard appeared in Boston.
- The real-life John Chapman was born on September 26, 1774, in Massachusetts.
- Johnny planted his first apple orchard in 1792 in Pennsylvania.
- After his death, a good legend of his devotion to nature, as well as a 1200-acre estate, remained.
How to take part
Since John Chapman was a religious man, visit the nearest church or read the Bible. Be kind and caring, protect of nature, because Appleseed did not even make a fire if the fire could harm nature. Chapman adhered to vegetarian dietary principles, and you can follow his example. Visit the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed in Leominster, Massachusetts. The John Chapman Visitor Center is located here.
When is Johnny Appleseed Day celebrated in 2023?
Johnny Appleseed Day is observed on September 26 each year.