An announced move 80 miles to the southwest of Richland County is tied to the county by a common history.

One of the key locations that was home to pioneer nurseryman John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was Mansfield and north central Ohio. He lived here, owned land here, and planted apple trees and orchards here through much of his adult life. Mansfield has long claimed Johnny as one of its own. And, of course, the Johnny Appleseed Historic Byway runs through the area.

Earlier this month, Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio announced the move of the Johnny Appleseed Educational Center & Museum as follows:

“Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University [has] announced it will be moving the Johnny Appleseed Educational Center & Museum (the “Museum”) from its current location in the Urbana University Student Center to Browne Hall.

Located at the gateway to campus, Browne Hall provides a larger and more accessible space for Museum patrons, K-12 school groups and others to view the newly expanded display of artifacts and museum holdings. In addition, the move provides additional parking and a beautiful outdoor space for guests to enjoy during larger community events.

The Johnny Appleseed Educational Center & Museum holds the largest collection of memorabilia and written information about the life of John “Appleseed” Chapman in the world. Complete with a computer research database and a family history and National Registry of Johnny Appleseed’s relatives, the museum is a wealth of history and a lot of fun.

To prepare for the move, the Museum will officially close Monday, March 12.  A spring open house will be announced in the coming weeks to mark the Museum’s re-opening.”

According to the Center & Museum website, items featured there include a a circa 1850 cider press used process apples from trees planted by Johnny Appleseed, commemorative plates from festivals held in Johnny Appleseed’s honor, wood and bark from original trees planted by Johnny Appleseed in Ohio and Indiana, photos of monuments and markers dedicated to Johnny Appleseed, and many publications about the life and legend of Johnny Appleseed  It also features trees grown from seedlings of the last surviving of his planted apple trees.

1812Blockhouse will share details of the reopening of the Museum and Center when they are announced.

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