Johnny Appleseed Day is all about pick-your-own apples. Join us for hay rides to the apple orchard, pick-your-own apples and storytelling with Johnny Appleseed himself. We’ll have plenty of apple treats, including caramel apples, baked apple desserts and apple cider!
Saturday, September 12th, 2020
Special activities from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Admission: Many of the Johnny Appleseed Day activities are free (see below). Please see our pick-your-own page for details on pricing and our wristband policy.
Enjoy the following activities:
- Apple picking (get pricing info)
- Storytelling with Johnny Appleseed (free!)
- Hayrides (free!)
- Farmyard play area (free!)
- Visiting the farm animals (free!)
Meet John Henschel, a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed
At Weaver’s Orchard, Johnny Appleseed Day comes just once a year. For many years, on the Saturday after Labor Day, John Henschel has become John Chapman (better known as Johnny Appleseed), to the delight of eager elementary-age kids who come to Weaver’s with their families for Johnny Appleseed Day.
But to John Henschel, telling stories like Johnny Appleseed’s is a whole way of life.
On a typical day in September or October, you might find John Henschel dressed in burlap, wearing a metal pot on his head and sharing rich details about Johnny Appleseed’s life with kids at elementary schools and orchards, or even adults at senior centers.
He got his start as Johnny Appleseed when he dressed up for his grandson’s kindergarten class at Brandywine Elementary School in Topton. The sight of a tall, bearded man dressed in burlap clothing and wearing a strange hat caught the attention of the other elementary school teachers, and by time he left the school, he had visited all of their classes! Now he returns to Brandywine, and also travels to French Creek Elementary and Robeson Elementary as well as retirement communities like Dock Woods and Frederick Living.
But that’s not all.