Illinois State Historical Society to plant “Johnny Appleseed trees”


As part of its celebration of the centennial of Illinois statehood, the Illinois State Historical Society has obtained scionwood from a graft of the last surviving tree known to have been planted by Johnny Appleseed. That tree grew on the Algeo farm near Nova, Ohio. The goal of the Society is to place a “Johnny Appleseed tree” in each of the state’s 102 counties.
The Saline County tree was planted at the Saline Creek Historic Village and Museum, 1600 South Feazel Street, Harrisburg, at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 7, during the Blue Grass and Barbecue Festival. That event was free and open to the public, and ran between 9:30 in the morning and 5:00 in the afternoon.
Johnny Appleseed, whose real name was John Chapman (1774-1845), was a pioneer nurseryman who became a legend of the American frontier. He is credited with having introduced apple trees into Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as into parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Saline County’s “Johnny Appleseed tree” is the gift of Vicki and Gillum Ferguson of Harrisburg.