TODAY IS – Johnny Appleseed Day! While many believe him to be a mere legend, he was in fact a real man. Born John Chapman, in Massachusetts in 1774, Johnny was a missionary who traveled throughout Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and West Virginia. Johnny loved more than just planting apple trees, he also had a fondness for animals and was rumored to be one of the first known vegetarians. While most of his trees were killed during the prohibition—due to the use of apples for making homemade hooch—there is still one standing today. It is still growing in Nova, Ohio and is the last known tree ever planted by Johnny; standing tall at 177-years-old.