CHARLESTON -- Two Coles County historic locations now have ties to the efforts of the legendary Johnny Appleseed.

The Five Mile House and Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site each received two trees grafted from one planted by Johnny Appleseed, whose real name was John Chapman.

The trees were available through an Illinois State Historical Society program in conjunction with the state's bicentennial next year. The program offered trees to all 102 Illinois counties for the anniversary, which will be on Dec. 3, 2018.

The trees for the program were grafted from the last known surviving tree that Chapman planted, an apple tree in Nova, Ohio, according to information from the Five Mile House.

Chapman earned the nickname Johnny Appleseed by planting trees in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois in the early 19th Century.

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State historical society Director William Furry and Paula Pugh Romanaux, the organization's humanities consultant, obtained the trees and the state society offered them to Illinois locations for $50 each.

For the Five Mile House, Cheryl Hawker and Lynne Padovan coordinated the effort to obtain the trees, site foundation President Tom Vance said. Arborist Brent McCullough helped with the planting, he said.

The trees are on the grounds of the Five Mile House, recognized as one of the oldest structures in Coles County and located southeast of Charleston.

At Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, the trees were planted in a revitalized orchard in the Sargent Farm area of the site, Manager Matthew Mittelstaedt said.

The site features the home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, who were Abraham Lincoln's father and stepmother.

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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