Johnny Appleseed Day
About Johnny Appleseed Day
When is Johnny Appleseed Day? This holiday is always celebrated on March 11th and/or September 26th. Why two dates?......read on
Johnny Appleseed Day honors one of America’s great legends. Johnny Appleseed was a real person. Born John Chapman, he was among the American settlers captivated by the movement west across the continent. Johnny Appleseed traveled westward in threadbare clothes and usually barefoot. He sold apple trees and seeds to settlers. Along the way, Johnny planted many apple trees himself. He continued planting and selling apple trees for over forty years. With every apple tree planted, his legend grew. While Prohibition dulled the legend for a time, Johnny Appleseed remains one of America’s great legends.
Did You Know? The variety of apple trees John Chapman planted were not intended for eating. Rather, they were tart. Called “Spitters”, after taking one bite, you’d spit it out. These apples were commonly used to make hard cider and applejack.
Celebrate today with an apple-rich menu. Include fresh apples for snacks, and some applesauce or apple pie for dessert. And, make plans to plant an apple tree.
The Legend of Johnny Appleseed
- John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) was born on September 26, 1774.
- He was a nurseryman who started out planting trees in western New York and Pennsylvania.
- During the life of John Chapman, the “West” was places like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.
- John Chapman was a deeply religious person He was known to preach during his travels.
- According to legend, Johnny Appleseed led a simple life and wanted little. He rarely accepted money and often donated any money he received.
- Allegedly, he died on March 11, 1845, from the “winter plague”. The actual date of his death is disputed.
There is a lot of “legend” in stories written about Johnny Appleseed. By its definition, over the years, legends grow bigger than life. It also appears that there is some link between Johnny Appleseed and very early Arbor Day celebrations.
How to Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day
- Read more about Johnny Appleseed.
- If the weather is good in your area, plant an apple tree.
- Have apple juice with breakfast.
- For lunch, have a piece of apple bread.
- Eat applesauce with dinner.
- A big slice of apple pie is the perfect late-night snack.
- Bake your favorite apple recipe.
“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the only one to ask why.” – – Bernard Baruch
History and Origin of Johnny Appleseed Day
There is plenty of documentation to support claims for Johnny Appleseed Day on both March 11th and on September 26th. We found no one who claims to have created this special day.
So, here’s the skinny on the two dates:
- John Chapman was born on September 26, 1774. This date is a well-documented fact.
- It is believed he died on March 11, 1845. However, his date was not formally recorded.
Here is how we come out on the debate: Johnny Appleseed’s birthday is the best date to celebrate his life. His birthday coincides with the season of the apple harvest. And a birth is a more positive day than a death. We think Johnny would agree.
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