A little creepy. Before he died, Johnny Appleseed was frequently seen wandering around the streets of Fort Wayne, stopping to preach at citizens and then pick through garbage for discarded clothing. Even in freezing weather, he would walk the streets virtually naked. Johnny Appleseed was kind of his own neighborhood’s creepy old man.
The Real Johnny Appleseed à la Disney. The modern folk tale surrounding Johnny Appleseed, and the tale embedded in Indiana culture, was brought to you by Walt Disney. A short animated film from 1948 entitled “The Legend of Johnny Appleseed” took the truth of the Hoosier hero and Disney-fied it a bit.