7) Johnny Appleseed’s Birthplace
Leominster, Massachusetts may not have a lot of attractions, but they’re certainly proud of their piece of American history. Johnny Appleseed was born here (as John Chapman), and they are shouting it from the rooftops. The town contains the Johnny Appleseed Elementary School, Johnny Appleseed Visitors’ Center and the Johnny Appleseed Arts and Culture Festival as well as many more establishments named after their eminent local. Along a lane – Johnny Appleseed Lane, to be exact – lies a stone marker which looks oddly like a gravestone. This stone marker is next to a tiny log cabin, representing the cabin he was born in. The man who walked around America planting orchards will no longer seem like such a myth when you see the place he was born. Possibly America’s first ever environmentalist, the interesting heritage of Johnny Appleseed began here.
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