History & Tourism

The Great Richland Quiz Number Two: The Answers

29 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Here are the answers to our quiz posted yesterday about an icon of early local history, John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed. Give yourself one point for each correct answer and see how you fared. 

  1. A Perrysville woman remembered Johnny visiting her family home as a child. When sleeping, she remembered, he would lay on the floor and put his head on what?

Answer: A bag of appleseeds, of course

  1. When did he move out of the Mansfield area, saying a final good-bye to his friends here?
    1. 1821
    2. 1828
    3. 1837
    4. 1838

Answer: 1838. Some have the date as 1840, but the majority of sources specifically state 1838.

  1. The last surviving tree planted by Johnny Applessed in the Mansfield area was located on what road?

Woodland Road

  1. According to popular legend, why did Johnny Applessed not use campfires?

Answer: Johnny believed in the sacred nature of all animals. He did not light campfires fearing that bugs might fly in and be burned alive.

  1. In what year was the Johnny Applessed monument in South Park dedicated?
    1. 1953
    2. 1940
    3. 1925
    4. 1910

Answer: 1953, it replaced a much earlier monument (erected  in 1900).

  1. Johnny came to live in Mansfield itself at the home of his half sister. What street did she live on?

    Answer: She lived on West Fourth Street
  2. He died in and was buried in what city?

    Answer: Fort Wayne, Indiana
  3. What word was used to describe him as a businessman?
    1. Shrewd
    2. Lazy
    3. Simple
    4. Content

Answer: Shrewd

  1. How long is the Johnny Appleseed Historic Byway (to the nearest five miles)?

Answer: It is 30 miles long

  1. Which of the following is not on the Byway?
    1. Malabar Farm State Park
    2. Village of Lucas
    3. Old Drake Inn
    4. Oak Hill Cottage

Answer: Oak Hill Cottage


1-4 — Seedling

4-5 — Sprout

6-7 — Apple tree

8-9 — Orchard

10 — Forest

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History & Tourism

The Great Richland Quiz Number Two: Johnny Appleseed

28 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This is the second in a quiz series on all things local. Our first quiz last August looked at Richland County geography.

That quiz can be accessed here.

Today we are looking at an icon of early local history, John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, through a set of ten questions. We will be sharing the answers tomorrow here on 1812Blockhouse.


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History & Tourism

On The Road With Johnny Appleseed

2 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Why not take some time during the remaining weeks of good weather, pack up the car and the kids, and take off for a driving tour of sites related to one of Richland County’s most famous former residents?

A historic byway has an accompanying map to guide travelers a route in Ashland and Richland Counties to do just that. The Johnny Appleseed Historic Byway is a 30 mile route along State Routes 39 and 603 which celebrates the life of John Chapman, the nineteenth century local man who planted apple trees and became an American cultural and historical icon. More…


History & Tourism

Here’s Johnny! Appleseed, That Is: Updated

25 Jul , 2019  

UPDATE – It turns out that there will be more than one opportunity in the coming days to interface with one of Richland County’s most iconic historic characters; information follows below.

As interesting as legend paints the life of John Chapman, known by local pioneer settlers as Johnny Appleseed, his actual life was by many measures even more unique. He is soon to make a return appearance. More…


History & Tourism

Mansfielder Searches For The Grave Of Johnny Appleseed

16 May , 2017  

On Monday, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced creation of the new Johnny Appleseed Historic Byway. The route connects historic, cultural, and scenic attractions in Richland and Ashland Counties.

In a press release, ODOT shared, “The Johnny Appleseed Historic Byway’s routes are State Route 39 from Loudonville, northwest through Perrysville and Lucas, and ending in Mansfield; and State Route 603 from Mifflin to Malabar Farm where it ends at State Route 95. More…

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