Johnny Appleseed statue.

Doofy Johnny Appleseed Statue

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New Market, Virginia

American folk hero or ancestor of Alfred E. Neuman? Whoever created this statue in front of the closed Johnny Appleseed Restaurant apparently saw Johnny as the latter, with a goofy expression, giant feet, and a pot on his head. There seems to have been some problem with scale as well, as Johnny is carrying an apple as big as a pumpkin. Pinholes in Johnny's shirt allow him the "speak" through a push-button voice system, although he's often been mute on our random visits.

This part of Virginia calls itself "Apple Capital of The USA," but real-life Johnny Appleseed (yes, he was a real guy, 1774-1845) never set foot in Virginia, bare or otherwise. Is Virginia envious? Maybe that is why they mock him.

Also see: Johnny Appleseed's Grave | Johnny Donutseed

Doofy Johnny Appleseed Statue

Johnny Appleseed Restaurant

Address:
162 W. Old Cross Rd., New Market, VA
Directions:
Just east of the I-81 exit, on the north side of Hwy 211, down a small service road, outside of the closed Johnny Appleseed Restaurant.
Hours:
Accompany restaurant closed in Oct. 2016; the fate of the statue is uncertain.
Admission:
Free
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