Johnny Appleseed Story Based on John Chapman

on November 19, 2000

The story of Johnny Appleseed is based on horticulturist John Chapman, born in Leominster (pop. 39,900) Sept. 26, 1774. Chapman loved apple trees and established orchards throughout the East and Midwest. Accustomed to walking through orchards barefoot, he died in Indiana in March of 1845 after contracting pneumonia from a midwinter journey to inspect a damaged orchard.

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