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Address: 8334 Clinton St, Grand Detour, IL 61021-9499
Phone Number: 18156524551
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Open Wednesday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm May through October

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An Outstanding Historic Site Well Worth Visiting

The site is outstanding. From being greeted as we arrived, our entire visit was so well planned that we never felt rushed. The orientation and exhibits in the actual excavation... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Carolyn53821
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Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
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Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The site is outstanding. From being greeted as we arrived, our entire visit was so well planned that we never felt rushed. The orientation and exhibits in the actual excavation site of John Deere's blacksmith shop are very well done. The film shown really related the whole story very well. Next we visited the blacksmith shop where we found Rick,... More 

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Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this review

Thank you for providing such great detail about your visit. We hope it helps encourage more fans to visit. We're thrilled you enjoyed the John Deere Historic Site! More 

Moberly, Missouri
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30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very different kind of place. The history of the grounds is very interesting. Our guide Sophia had a very heavy accent and was hard to understand at times. You really have to listen to understand her. She knew the history well and was very informative and willing to answer questions. Worth the 15 minute drive from Dixon if you've got... More 

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Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your experience at the John Deere Historic Site. Sophia is a wonderful member of our team that speaks four languages. More 

Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have visited numerous historic sites across the country and this is definitely one of the best. While other sites have photos and artifacts of archeological digs, the John Deere museum actually built a building over the excavation site of the original blacksmith. After an orientation and film, we moved onto the recreated blacksmith shop. We have seen numerous blacksmiths... More 

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Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this review

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

North Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been here four years in a row. The blacksmith and tour guides are so pleasant and a wealth of knowledge. Just sit in a rocking chair amongst the flowers and hummingbirds and your day will be fulfilled. What a bargain.

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Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this review

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

Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

The whole experience was much more than expected. We had planned an hour and spent 2+ and were thoroughly involved in the history. The black smith was outstanding and I learned so much from him as well as an appreciation for the John Deere family/ company. We would highly recommend a visit.

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Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this review

We're thrilled you enjoyed visiting the John Deere Historic Site. To experience more about John Deere, we hope you'll consider our other attractions including the John Deere Pavilion and John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum. More 

Muncie, Indiana
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We spent a couple of hours here and wished we'd had more time. The first thing that greeted us was a stand of tall-grass prairie next to the parking lot. I'd always wanted to see it. The staff were very friendly and accomodating. The excavation of John Deere's blacksmith shop was fascinating. A short film was shown and there is... More 

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Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your experience. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon! More 

Caledon, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Good experience to see where it all started. Not much to see, but nevertheless glad that we stopped to see the site.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Out guide was knowledgeable and personable. The staff was friendly and helpful. The facility is very well maintained. The archeological dig is covered and protected from the weather. We were especially impressed with the live blacksmith demonstration. The skill and knowledge he possesses helped us understand the importance of John Deere inventing and making tools. Excellent.

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Suffolk, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Please if you are passing through this area take 2 hours and do the tour! This is small town USA with a tour that can compete with the big cities. I was so amazed at what we learned and the presentation. The group was all adults except for our 10 year old daughter and she was just as entertained as... More 

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Morris, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This site is a National Registered Historic Landmark and includes John Deere's original blacksmith shop and home. After being pleasantly greeted at the main entrance we were given an extensive tour of the entire property that included the excavated remains of Deere's original blacksmith shop that are within a large protective building. While in the building you are treated to... More 

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