The Big Apple of New England (which stands at 10 feet tall and weighs over 1,000 lbs.) is the largest apple sculpture of its kind in all of New England. This unique oddity honors the region’s strong agricultural heritage and connection to apples and that of iconic American folk story – Johnny Appleseed. American pioneer and folk hero John Chapman (AKA Johnny Appleseed) was born locally in Leominster, Massachusetts and is the official state folk hero for Massachusetts. The Big Apple of New England is part of an effort to promote North Central Massachusetts to travelers and visitors.
The Big Apple of New England joins a growing collection of unique items at the Johnny Appleseed Visitors’ Center that showcase the twenty seven communities of North Central Massachusetts. These include a bronze sculpture of the young Johnny Appleseed that greets visitors outside the doors of the Visitors Center and 91 apple trees located on the premises, including three Rambo trees that are direct descendants of the last remaining tree known to be planted by Johnny Appleseed.
The Big Apple’s Location: The Johnny Appleseed Visitors’ Center | 1000 RT. 2 W, Lancaster, MA 01523