Deep in the woodlands of north central Ohio, the stage is set. The home of Johnny Appleseed Outdoor Historical Drama rises from the earth, almost as if it were part of this lush landscape. With song, dance and dialogue you'll long remember, Johnny Appleseed is a gripping tale of pioneer America's man of legend. The folklore you'll fondly recall is now an unforgettable experience that’s ideal for all generations to share.
Set in the early 1800s and leading up to the war of 1812, this inspiring story is based on true accounts of John "Appleseed" Chapman's experiences in north central Ohio.
Chapman’s compassionate rapport with area’s pioneer families and Delaware Indian tribes provides the underpinning for this unforgettable story. Yet, he finds himself caught in the midst of growing conflict and tension as the British threaten the security of the area at the start of the war of 1812. From this setting, action and adventure grow, building into show that’s thrilling, yet still suitable for the entire family.
The Appleseed Experience
A trip to the Johnny Appleseed Heritage Center is more than just a trip to see a show.
Experience a place that takes you back in time. Experience the place that lured our ancestors to this once-wild frontier. While on-site, you can view a film on Johnny Appleseed in The J.M. Smucker Auditorium and Library. Or enjoy a hike on our nature trails through the Johnny Appleseed Forest.
Stop by the gift shop. You'll want to be sure to take home a souvenir of this unforgettable evening. You’ll want to come back again and again. Like the orchards and woodlands that Johnny once planted and traversed, expansion at the site is constant and ever transforming. In the future, there will also be a picnic area, a museum, a learning center and much more.
Direction to Johnny Appleseed Theater from Toledo - Approximately 111 miles from downtown Toledo, estimated travel time is 2 hours, 30 minutes.
Take I-280 south, merge with 80/90 east. You will get off on Exit 118, continue on Milan Road and then pick up US 250. Turn right on OH-13, continue on oH-13/OH-96 and then another 8 miles on OH-13. Turn left on Longview Ave. and then left to take US-30 east. Bear right on SR 603, continue on Maine Street, and then right on Ohio Street South/Ohio Street. Ohio Street becomes SR 603 and the Appleseed complex will be in about 1/2 mile.