John Chapman was born in Massachusetts on September 26, 1774. He loved nature and enjoyed farming and being outdoors in the woods. Apples were an important crop for farming families. They were able to store apples and have fruit all winter. John grew up and left home, walking west to Pennsylvania where he planted his first apple orchard. John’s travels took him through New York, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois too. Some of the trees that John planted are still in existence bearing delicious fruit.
John Chapman made friends everywhere he went. Native Americans, settlers and even the animals loved him. In fact, he got his nickname from people who were listening to his stories and learning about apple growing. John died March 18, 1845 near Fort Wayne, Indiana. There are several festivals that honor the legacy of Johnny Appleseed and the biggest takes place every September in Fort Wayne, Indiana.