Celebrating Johnny Appleseed Today

How about them apples? Johnny Appleseed is still celebrated today – find out how one Indiana town pays tribute to the folk hero.

If you’ve heard of Johnny Appleseed, it was probably because your grandpa used to tell you the same bedtime stories he heard as a kid. Or maybe, somehow, you caught the popular 1948 Disney animated classic cartoons which featured the historical figure. But don’t worry, if you haven’t heard of the folk legend, you’re definitely not alone. That is unless you live in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Appleseed, born John Chapman, was known for spreading apple trees all over large parts of the United States and Canada. He was also widely known for his love of nature and his kind ways. Although he was born in Massachusetts and spent a good portion of his life in Pennsylvania, his life ended in Fort Wayne, Indiana. And he is still celebrated there today.

Each year the town of Fort Wayne gathers for the Johnny Appleseed Festival. This year, Mo Rocca from CBS Sunday Morning joined in the fun. Find out about all the apple recipes you’ve been missing in your life, the history of apples, as well as speculation over the legend known as Johnny Appleseed.

Do you remember when Disney first featured Johnny Appleseed? No?! Don’t worry; you can check out the historic animated cartoon below: