Johnny Appleseed

Massachusetts State Folk Hero


Johnny Appleseed stamp

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

Johnny Appleseed

In 1996 Johnny Appleseed (1775? -1845) was recognized as the official folk hero of Massachusetts. An American pioneer born as John Chapman, he became a folk hero by planting apple trees from New England to the Ohio River valley.



1862 drawing of Jonathan Chapman (Johnny Appleseed); public domain image on Wikipedia.

1862 drawing of Johnny Appleseed