The Legend of Johnny Appleseed

If you have visited Apple Holler Farm Park recently, you will have seen and perhaps taken part in the Johnny Appleseed History Walk. In this blog post, we thought we would go a bit deeper into The Legend of Johnny Appleseed and give you a peek into who the real man was.

An apple a day keeps the doctor awayIf you ask someone to describe Johnny Appleseed and his legacy, chances are good that you will hear the following “ he was a man who wore tattered clothing, wore a tin pot on his head, skipped through fields, sprinkling apple seeds almost like they were fairy dust, leaving behind in his wake fields of apple trees.

Not quite…

Let’s begin with his real name, which was John Chapman. John was born in Massachusetts on September 26, 1774.  He grew up during the midst of the Revolutionary War; in fact his father served as a minuteman at the Battle of Bunker Hill and helped construct the defenses of New York again the British with George Washington.  His father would go on to survive the war (John’s mother had died when he was only 2 years old) and return home in 1780, where he began to teach his son the trade of farming….. read more