Paper: An Introduction to the Life of Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed left his estate of about 1,200 acres of nurseries to his sister. He additionally owned four plots of land in Allen County, Indiana, which included a nursery in Milan Township, Allen County, Indiana, that had 15,000 trees. If he had been a little more careful with his bookkeeping, Johnny could have had more land. Since he did not record the deed to 160 acres in Ashland County, Ohio, he lost the property. Due to the financial panic of 1837, Johnny's estate suffered. Trees were sold for only about two or three cents instead of about six cents each. Additionally, some of his land had to be sold for taxes after his death, and litigation was used to pay for most of the rest. There is a memorial that honors him in Swinney Park. There is also a Johnny Appleseed Festival that has been held in Johnny Appleseed Park in mid-September since 1975 in which musicians, vendors, and demonstrators all dress in the clothing of the 19th century and offer beverages and food that were consistent with those available during Johnny's time. The dates of March 11 or September 26 are commonly celebrated as Johnny Appleseed Day. The Septmeber date is his birthdate that has been acknowledged, but sometimes the March date is preferred due to it being during the planting season. Additionally, there is a public school in Leominster, MA where he was born that is called the Johnny Appleseed Elementary School. Johnny Appleseed continues to be a remembered character today. ...