Johnny Appleseed's real name was Johnny Chapman. He was born September 26, 1774. He planted apple trees throughout the Midwestern United States. He was a very skilled nursery man. He would plant nurseries and build fences around them to keep animals out. He would then travel from nursery to nursery taking care of the trees. He would sell or trade the trees he grew. He died on March 18, 1845 at the age of 70. The U.S. Postal Service made a 5 cent stamp honoring him in 1966.
This Sunday, September 26th is Johnny Appleseed's birthday. This day and March 18th, have been celebrated as Johnny Appleseed Day. In honor of the great conservationist and his planting of apple trees, I thought you might want to do some crafts or make some yummy apple goodies. Here are some links to some fun crafts and recipes to celebrate!
To read the story of Johnny Appleseed to your children, you can find the stories here and here.