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Johnny Appleseed

Massachusetts State Folk Hero

Johnny Appleseed U.S. postage stamp; photo by Ben Hutchison on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Official State Folk Hero of Massachusetts

"Johnny Appleseed" was designated the official folk hero of Massachusetts in 1996. All State Awards / Recognition

Johnny Appleseed is a folk legend that originates with the life of John Chapman (1774 -1845), an American pioneer born in Leominster, Massachusetts. The story is that Johnny Appleseed became a folk hero by scattering apple seeds from New England to the Ohio River Valley. John Chapman was given the nickname of "Johnny Appleseed," but he planted orchards by trade and did not actually wander as a homeless person planting apple seeds randomly.