There are actually two Johnny Appleseed Days each year. The first comes on March 11, his traditional death date (I wrote about it here.). The second is on September 26. Johnny Appleseed was born on this day in 1774 in Leominster, Massachusetts, right during the Revolutionary War (The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought three months earlier, about 40 miles away.).
Johnny Appleseed may be more legend than man, but there really was a person named John Chapman who wandered the uncharted woods of America in the early 1800s, reveling in God’s creation and leaving apple trees behind him. It’s no wonder his story is so popular!
“Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest
is my beloved among the young men.”
Song of Songs 2:3a