Johnny Appleseed Day is a day that commemorates the birth of John Chapman – an American pioneer that was responsible for introducing apple trees to parts of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He was a missionary, a nurseryman and is considered by many to be one of the first American conservationists. This day is celebrated on September 26th by most people – commemorating his birth – but others celebrate this day on March 11th to coincide with prime apple planting season.
John Chapman was born September 26th, 1774 in Leominster, Massachusetts. Little his known about his early life, but one thing that is known is that by 1812, he was working as a nurseryman and orchardist.
Legend states that Johnny Appleseed randomly planted apple trees as he ventured west. That isn’t exactly true, however. Mr. Chapman didn’t plant trees randomly. Instead, he planted orchards that he would occasionally revisit and take care of. Then when these orchards were developed, he sold them off for a profit.
John Chapman is believed to have died at the age of 70 during the summer of 1845, but that isn’t firmly documented and many people believe that he died on March 18th of that year instead of the summer.
Customs, Traditions and Celebrations
Johnny Appleseed Day isn’t a widely celebrated holiday, but those who do celebrate it do so by planting apple trees or by enjoying apples and/or apple products.
When is Johnny Appleseed Day?
|This year (2018)||September 26 (Wednesday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2019)||September 26 (Thursday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2017)||September 26 (Tuesday)||Multiple dates - more|