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Address: 8334 S Clinton St, Grand Detour, IL 61021
Phone Number: 18156524551
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Open Wednesday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm May through October

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Much more than we expected!

The whole experience was much more than expected. We had planned an hour and spent 2+ and were thoroughly involved in the history. The black smith was outstanding and I learned so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 17, 2015
Robsy5111
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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80 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

The whole experience was much more than expected. We had planned an hour and spent 2+ and were thoroughly involved in the history. The black smith was outstanding and I learned so much from him as well as an appreciation for the John Deere family/ company. We would highly recommend a visit.

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Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this review

We're thrilled you enjoyed visiting the John Deere Historic Site. To experience more about John Deere, we hope you'll consider our other attractions including the John Deere Pavilion and John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum. More 

Muncie, Indiana
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We spent a couple of hours here and wished we'd had more time. The first thing that greeted us was a stand of tall-grass prairie next to the parking lot. I'd always wanted to see it. The staff were very friendly and accomodating. The excavation of John Deere's blacksmith shop was fascinating. A short film was shown and there is... More 

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Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your experience. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon! More 

Caledon, South Africa
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38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Good experience to see where it all started. Not much to see, but nevertheless glad that we stopped to see the site.

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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Out guide was knowledgeable and personable. The staff was friendly and helpful. The facility is very well maintained. The archeological dig is covered and protected from the weather. We were especially impressed with the live blacksmith demonstration. The skill and knowledge he possesses helped us understand the importance of John Deere inventing and making tools. Excellent.

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Suffolk, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Please if you are passing through this area take 2 hours and do the tour! This is small town USA with a tour that can compete with the big cities. I was so amazed at what we learned and the presentation. The group was all adults except for our 10 year old daughter and she was just as entertained as... More 

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Morris, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This site is a National Registered Historic Landmark and includes John Deere's original blacksmith shop and home. After being pleasantly greeted at the main entrance we were given an extensive tour of the entire property that included the excavated remains of Deere's original blacksmith shop that are within a large protective building. While in the building you are treated to... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This was a longer stop than expected. The site is completely a guided tour. It starts out at the archaeological dig of the site and included the blacksmith shop and home. The blacksmith shop gave a demonstration. The home was interesting but not furnished how it probably was by the Deer family. Since the tour was all guided, the stop... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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103 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Although this is a great site if you are a tractor lover, any living history buff would like it. A tour of the homestead was interesting and there are plenty of things to climb on or poke around in for kids. The entry fee was reasonable and the location is easy to get to with lovely views across the highway... More 

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Milwaukee
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35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The Historic site is open everyday except Monday and Tuesday. I had passed this place a couple of times, and always wanted to stop but it was a Monday... It was a beautiful Sunday morning when we stopped, there was only one other car in the parking lot and the guy who took our money, locked up and took us... More 

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Phoenix
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Really enjoyed the tour of the home John Deere built for his family. Impressed to see Deere's blacksmith shop that was uncovered by Illinois students. We wrapped up with a tour to the blacksmith shop. The blacksmith made a beautiful leaf from iron right there. The tour of the actual home is brief. The movie was my favorite part.

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