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On September 26, 1774, Johnny Appleseed born in Leominster, Massachusetts
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 26 of September, repeating indefinitely
On September 26, 1774, American folk legend Johnny Appleseed was born in Leominster, Massachusetts as John Chapman. Chapman was instrumental in easing settlers’ movement west. Contrary to popular belief, his apple seeds and orchards didn’t provide fruit so much as alcoholic cider, an essential drink at the 19th century American’s table. 🍎🍺🍏🍺🍎🍺
Did you know? Though a shrewd businessman, Chapman was also known to give seedlings away for free to poor families. He was also very religious, a proponent of the Church of New Jerusalem, and practiced vegetarianism.
Apple Picking, Winslow Homer, 1878
-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Media and Digital Content Associate