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John Deere Historic Site

8393 S. Main St., Grand Detour, IL 61021-9406
815-652-4551
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English first
Weedon Bec, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This years trip to Illinois was all about my husband. Having pasted this museum on many occasion thinking this would be so interesting to Kevin, this year we both made the visit. I was expecting to go along for the ride, by we both found it interesting and interactive. Great to get your own group guide and the trip to... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

This is the place the learn how John Deere settled in Iliinois and how he built the business as blacksmith and a replica of his house. The place offers guided tour to learn John Deere and the blacksmith prop is interesting to see how the artifacts are made. Patty as our guide is knowledgable and the blacksmith Rick is excellent... More

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7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is a must see place. It tells a story of John Deere the man. Included In the site are his first home, the excavation of his blacksmith shop and a recreation of his blacksmith shop. I do not know if blacksmiths are there every day but there was one there the day we went. It was interesting to watch... More

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Brighton, Colorado, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

This museum shows you the life of John Deere, a man who changed the farming in the US, who changed the way the US interacted with the wotld, and changed the wotld itself with his invention of the self-scouring plow. A plow that allowed the farming of the vast US prairies, turning the US into the breadbasket of the world,... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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72 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

JMJ Did you know that John Deere probably would have grown up to be a tailor if his Father had not been lost at sea returning from England when John Deere was 4yrs old? The wave of enterprise that flowed from his inventing a better plow is phenomenal!! The new movie in a very modern style theater gives you some... More

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POLO
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

For a nominal fee you can visit John Deere's home and the excavated site where he made the first steel plow. There is a resident blacksmith that demonstrates blacksmithing. A great historical site with a guided tour. This is life from the 1800's.

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Step back in time when you visit the John Deere Historical Site. There is an onsite Blacksmith Shop with a demonstration in smithing. There are quite a few historic relic's in and around the blacksmith shop. The grounds cover 7 acres. I enjoyed the home tour, but it is kind of short.The house itself is small.. we didn't go upstairs.... More

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Cherry Valley, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Learned a lot about the man, John Deere and his humble start. The grounds are well maintained, staff very friendly. We especially enjoyed Rick in the blacksmith shop. He is very fun to watch and listen to. Worth the travel and time to visit.

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Quad-Cities
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is a great stop for all those interested in John Deere tractors, farming or early manufacturing. Tours run continuously so no matter when you arrive you can join a tour right away. Tour lasts about an hour, children will not get bored. If you have time take in the gardens also. After the tour drive around this very charming... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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79 reviews 79 reviews
35 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

What a great historical site! For $5 (under 12 is free) you get a tour of the place where John Deere developed the first steel plow. Even better, you get a blacksmith demonstration by Rick, a personable and funny blacksmith who explains the equipment and the process. He's great with kids but I was there without any kids and loved... More

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