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John Deere Historic Site

8393 S. Main St., Grand Detour, IL 61021-9406
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Type: Historic Sites
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English first
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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Weedon Bec, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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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
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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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35 reviews 35 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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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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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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13 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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