The story of Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman


June 1, 2022

Editor’s Note: This story was to go with last week’s article about the Montana Children’s Theater story. We did not have the room last week.

Last week, the Montana Children’s Theater came to Big Sandy to work with our kids to put on a musical show depicting the life of Johnny Appleseed. The story included a few elements of truth, but the legend of Johnny Appleseed has grown larger than life. The story of the real man is fascinating.

John Chapman was born in Massachusetts in 1776. He left home and the state by the 1790s. He initially settled in Pennsylvania, where he planted his first orchard....

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