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Shepherded through nearly 200 years of American history by a family of rural Ohio farmers and preserved by the efforts of our founder, Jeff Meyer, the Johnny Appleseed Authentic™ Alego apple tree is more than a simple fruit tree. It's a piece of America's pioneering legacy. The tree first came to our attention in 1995, after decades of stewardship on the Harvey-Algeo centennial farm in Ashland County, Ohio. Family legend holds that John Chapman, the real-life inspiration behind the Johnny Appleseed legend, visited their early American ancestors on a number of occasions, breaking bread with Dick Algeo's grandparents before retiring to sleep in a barn that still stands on the property today. The trees offered here are bud-grafted, genetically identical copies of that iconic tree.Shop The collection
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The History of The Johnny Appleseed Authentic Tree
Pat Algeo Young's favorite Johnny Appleseed story involves horses and cows. And, of course, apples. "As I was growing up on my parents' farm in Ohio," the Petersburg resident explained Tuesday at Lincoln Memorial Garden's Ostermeier Prairie Center, "I wanted a horse very badly. I fed our cows apples so they would stand still long enough for me to climb on their hacks." What's that story have to do with Johnny Appleseed, the legendary apple tree planter? Well
Situated on a lonesome county road in rural northwest Ashland County, just outside the quaint, little town of Savannah, is a picturesque 19' century farmhouse. In front of this farmhouse lives an ancient, decrepit apple tree (Males pumila) that has been weathered down to nothing more than a large stump with sprouts emerging in every-which-direction. This rather unassuming tree, no more than 20 feet tall, would command little attention or reverence had it had
Kathryn Harvey Algeo, our grandmother, Richard's mother, spent many hours in the peaceful shade of the very old apple tree in the front yard of her home. Her grandmother, Catharine Patterson Harvey (sometimes spelled Harvie) had told her the story of the tree when she was young. John Chapman, grandmother had said, used to come to the farm to visit. Catherine was married to John Harvey who lived on the farm with his parents John and Jane Harvey when John