Three new apple trees were planted this Fall at the Johnny Appleseed Visitors Center on Route 2 in Lancaster! Special thanks to MassDOT for providing the new trees to replace ones damaged earlier this year.
The Johnny Appleseed Visitors Center, considered by many the gateway to North Central Massachusetts, opened in 1997 as a way to welcome people traveling through the region and give them a place to stop, stretch their legs, and learn more about the twenty-seven communities of North Central Massachusetts. The center has an impressive collection of unique items that showcase the region, including 91 apple trees on its premises to highlight the region’s strong agricultural heritage and connection to apples. The center has been highlighted in the media, including WCVB’s Chronicle and the BBC.
The Johnny Appleseed Visitors Center is open every day from 9am-5pm and also features a popular gift shop that carries many local products including jams, jellies, honey, maple syrup, fudge, chocolates, cheese, sparkling cider, donuts and that local icon of American kitsch – the pink plastic flamingo! Visitors to the center can also find a wide selection of books highlighting the history of the region, plus good-quality logo merchandise and souvenir items.