The American frontier bred giants - and the stories of their exploits grew with each generation's retelling. Today we wonder who (and if) they really were. Johnny Appleseed is a legendary frontier character - and the myth surrounding his story is being questioned by historians today. Perhaps the biggest misunderstanding has to do not with who he was, but what he did. Tradition has it that Johnny Appleseed planted the first orchards ever to blossom in Genessee Country. This University of Rochester piece on Frontier Fruit Growers sets the record straight.

Johnny was a man named John Chapman and he planted his seeds over an estimated 100,000 square miles of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana. Today, Johnny Appleseed's fame has spread across the land.

  • Start with Johnny Appleseed's Biography online in the "Vermont Weathervane". (Grade 6 +)
  • A librarian's List of Johnny Appleseed Books and Media, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN.
  • Our illustration(s) are drawn from "The Story of Johnny  Appleseed" by second graders at Highland Park Elementary in Austin, Texas.
  • Students at Marshall Elementary in Lewisburg TN work this Crossword Puzzle.
  • The Florida Geographic Alliance has created a week fo Kindergarten Lesson Plans.
  • Mrs. Olsen teaches her New Orleans elementary students about Johnny Appleseed and then takes them on a Field Trip to an Apple Orchard.
  • How Did Johnny Appleseed Help the Pioneers Move West? - Eric Lesson Plan #CC-0025, for Kindergarten.

  • By permission of Highland Park Elementary, Austin, Texas.