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John Deere Historic Site

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Stop here, if you have the opportunity

We were in the area for a couple of days and the plan was to stop by the John Deere Historic Site... read more

Reviewed November 1, 2018
Walking16
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Where it all began...

We visited the site with my 75- & 80-yr-old parents. It was awe-inspiring and be The Spot where the... read more

Reviewed October 24, 2018
mrsdutch91
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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.
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8334 Clinton St, Grand Detour, IL 61021-9499
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Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

We were in the area for a couple of days and the plan was to stop by the John Deere Historic Site for a few minutes and keep going. Two hours later we were on the road again having learned a lot about John Deere...More

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DanielleD3605, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2018

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

Reviewed October 24, 2018

We visited the site with my 75- & 80-yr-old parents. It was awe-inspiring and be The Spot where the self-scouring plow was invented by John Deere. The archeological site of the original forge is under roof and the short film shown there helps contextualize the...More

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DanielleD3605, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2018

We love it when guests visit and share their experiences with others. Thanks for taking the time to do that here!

Reviewed October 22, 2018

The John Deere Historic Site is very well kept and historically important. The guides are knowledgeable. The blacksmith does a great job of explaining his work while entertaining the observers. I highly recommend this site as an educational outing.

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DanielleD3605, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2018

Thanks for visiting. We hope you come back soon!

Reviewed October 15, 2018

This place is off the beaten path, about five miles outside of Dixon Illinois, but worth the drive from anywhere you are coming from. John Deere invented the steel plow on this very site. It changed farming history. You will see the actual site of...More

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DanielleD3605, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2018

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

Reviewed October 2, 2018

We stumbled upon this by accident. It turned out to be really interesting and fun. There is a little movie that shows how John Deere came to be. There is a live demonstration by a blacksmith and the gift shop has wonderful hand forged items...More

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DanielleD3605, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

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

Reviewed September 21, 2018

This a very nice site showing the beginning of John Deere. His original home and a blacksmith shop. The guide was very informative. This is a family friendly site and it is free. The blacksmith showed how to heat and form iron plus he was...More

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DanielleD3605, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2018

Thanks for sharing your experience at the John Deere Historic Site! We're glad the blacksmith demonstration was a big hit and appreciate you taking the time to tell us about it.

Reviewed September 20, 2018

You see the foundry, house and blacksmith shop with very knowledgeable and engaging docents.There is a blacksmith demonstration. This was an very interesting and enjoyable experience for children and adults and it is free.

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DanielleD3605, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2018

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

Reviewed September 11, 2018

Great presentation about early John Deere Plow and Farming, museum and archeology presentation were very good. The Blacksmith and presentation was great. We all want to go back.

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DanielleD3605, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2018

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

Reviewed August 15, 2018

The grounds are immaculate! They had several buildings we toured - the archaeological dig was fascinating - seeing the original home site and listening to the guides explain what life was like, was fascinating. But our favorite was watching the blacksmith explain his trade and...More

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Danielle D, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2018

We're so glad you enjoyed all the Historic Site has to offer! To experience more about John Deere, we hope you'll consider our other attractions including the Pavilion in Moline, Illinois and the Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo, Iowa.

Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

We found this on the map. So we thought we would check it out. We sure are glad we did. What an awesome place. They have the most friendly staff and service. For starters- FREE ADMISSION !!! So much to see, John Deere’s house, plus...More

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Danielle D, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

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

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Jet762080
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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 RobertW2h483MD | 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
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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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