Everyone knows the story of Johnny Appleseed: how he traveled westward across our young country, spreading apple trees wherever he went and wearing outlandish hats, like a soup pot, on his head. But did you know that Johnny Appleseed was a real person?
John Chapman, known as “Johnny Appleseed,” planted apple tree nurseries all over Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and West Virginia. He believed nobody should ever harm a living thing, so he advocated for animal rights, became a vegetarian, and planted seeds instead of grafting tree branches like most other orchardists.
John Chapman lived in the frontier in Massachusetts. But when he decided to travel west, wearing a cooking pot on his head and planting apple trees wherever he went, he became known by a new name: Johnny Appleseed.