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Top 10 Indiana Story Destinations

Johnny Appleseed

Fort Wayne


John Chapman was a colorful character of Indiana’s 1800s frontier. Born in Massachusetts, he became a national folk hero after he traveled the countryside on foot planting orchards in Indiana and surrounding areas so that the new frontier could have apples. A 1948 Disney cartoon immortalized his life with a depiction of him wearing a tin pot for a hat. The Fort Wayne Tin Caps baseball team is named in his honor. Celebrate at the annual Johnny Appleseed Festival in September and see his gravesite marker, a National Historic Landmark.