We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

John Deere Historic Site

Address: 8393 S. Main St., Grand Detour, IL 61021-9406
Phone Number: 815-652-4551
Improve this listing
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Attraction details
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Write a Review

30 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Reviewer
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Weedon Bec, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Brighton, Colorado, United States
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
21 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
195 reviews 195 reviews
102 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed John Deere Historic Site also viewed

Been to John Deere Historic Site? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from John Deere Historic Site staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?