The real Johnny Appleseed did plant apples on the American frontier, but they were mostly used for hard apple cider. Safe drinking water was scarce, and apple cider was a safer alternative to drink.

How John Chapman Became Johnny Appleseed Much of John Chapman’s early life has been lost to the annals of history. He was born on September 26, 1774 in Leominster, Massachusetts, but beyond that, not much is known about his childhood. In fact, no one really even knew John Chapman until he popped up again in …

The real Johnny Appleseed did plant apples on the American frontier, but they were mostly used for hard apple cider. Safe drinking water was scarce, and apple cider was a safer alternative to drink. Read More »