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John Deere Historic Site

8334 Clinton St, Grand Detour, IL 61021-9499
+1 815-652-4551
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Fun side trip

This is a very nice FREE aattraction. It was very interesting. The staff was knowledgable... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
whitesox18
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new lenox
Polite and knowledgeable staff!

Beautiful well maintained historic site. Great opportunity to learn who John Deere was and how he... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MidwestVacationMomma
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Annawan, Illinois
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Open March - December Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday Noon - 4 p.m. Special group tours can be arranged during the winter months.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“blacksmith shop” (22 reviews)
“short video” (4 reviews)
“dig site” (2 reviews)
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8334 Clinton St, Grand Detour, IL 61021-9499
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+1 815-652-4551
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"history lesson"
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"spend an afternoon"
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"great place to visit"
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"on display"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very nice FREE aattraction. It was very interesting. The staff was knowledgable enthusiastic and made the visit memorable. It is a quiet area and well worth the visit. Plenty of parking.

Thank whitesox18
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful well maintained historic site. Great opportunity to learn who John Deere was and how he made history. If you have the time, take the full tour! ALL FREE!

Thank MidwestVacationMomma
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Danielle D, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

What a great review of the John Deere Historic Site! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We brought our three grandchildren (who live in Arizona) so they could see the movie, museum and the blacksmith demonstration. It was all interesting yet not exhausting. I loved them becoming aware of an American innovator and inventor. John Deere’s story is inspiring. ( We...More

Thank jilldar12-5
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Danielle D, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing your experience at the John Deere Historic Site. We're glad you enjoyed your experience and appreciate you taking the time to tell us more about it.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped to see this historic site. Authentic in every way. Presenters are well versed in the history of John Deere personal history, and the grounds have been painstakingly recreated. A museum with video presentation and many original artifacts is over the site of the original...More

Thank IllinoisG_man
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Danielle D, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing! You touched on some of our favorite things about the John Deere Historic Site.

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Reviewed May 14, 2018

This is a nice little setting. Free admission, you can take a tour or on your own (we went on our own). Be sure and see the 10 minute video on John Deere. Very informative! The blacksmith is a must see too!

Thank nriemen
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Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the review! We appreciate your time and are glad you enjoyed your experience with us.

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Reviewed December 26, 2017 via mobile

This small town area along route #2 in Illinois heading to the cities of Dixon & Sterling is our favorite stop to stretch, walk about, change drivers or even picnic, if the weather is nice. We always park nearby the John Deere monument and marvel...More

Thank legacyendeavors
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Danielle D, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2017

Thanks and be sure to visit again!

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Reviewed December 16, 2017

If you enjoy history and/or anything John Deere then this is a must see. First off it's free so that's a win right off the bat. There used to be a $5 admission fee but currently it's free. The site consists of a gift shop,...More

Thank Tanya2169
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Danielle D, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2017

Thanks for providing such great detail about your experience. We hope it helps encourage more fans to visit!

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Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

First, the museum is free and well done. They offer guided tours of about an hour. My personal favorite is the blacksmith demonstration. Took and made a piece from scratch and explained steps. Also peak in to life in 1800's.

Thank MJM_62_DP
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Danielle D, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2017

We appreciate your review of the John Deere Historic Site. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with others!

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Reviewed September 24, 2017

This historical site around 1.5-2.0 hours drive from Chicago airport gives information on the origin of John Deere including his first blacksmith shop for making ploughs. The tour is well organised and you get insights on life of John Deere and his struggle in the...More

Thank travelerKolkata
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Danielle D, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2017

Thanks for visiting. We hope you come back soon!

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Reviewed September 8, 2017

A very interesting tour of the house with an excellent tour guide. The museum portion is self guided and interesting. There is a full time blacksmith working in the shop on site. He was interesting and provided additional history.

Thank Fishingsquirel
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Danielle D, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2017

Thanks for the review! We appreciate your time and are glad you enjoyed your experience with us.

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June 16, 2018|
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Response from IllinoisG_man | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have a number of items in their gift shop.
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tdbear32
July 19, 2017|
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Response from Robert W | Reviewed this property |
I would estimate a bit less than two hours. The initial video is very good, the tour guides have studied carefully so they can answer your questions. The blacksmith has a great "show". He is talented and well practiced... More
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sharilynch2000
March 29, 2017|
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Response from Brigitte T | Property representative |
Hello! Yes, it is definitely still work going despite a few rain drops. They have umbrellas that can be used as you walk in between the buildings. And of course, all of the fun spots are under roofs. Hope this helps! We... More
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