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John Deere Historic Site

8334 Clinton St, Grand Detour, IL 61021
+1 815-652-4551
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Great, especially if like blacksmiths!

First, the museum is free and well done. They offer guided tours of about an hour. My personal... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
MJM_62_DP
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Chicago, Illinois
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History of John Deere

This historical site around 1.5-2.0 hours drive from Chicago airport gives information on the... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2017
travelerKolkata
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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
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Danielle D, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 24 September 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
Danielle D, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2017

Thanks for visiting. We hope you come back soon!

Reviewed 8 September 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.

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

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

Reviewed 6 September 2017

This place is really nice. First of all it is free and doesn't take too much time to see everything. The black smith demo was awesome - the gentleman who did the demo was really knowledgeable. There is a short movie and the original site...More

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

What a great review! Thanks for sharing your experience.

Reviewed 29 August 2017

Luckily my husband had found this place on Trip Advisor before we went camping nearby. We love history and are big fans of John Deere. This place exceeded my expectations. We were greeted by a friendly tour guide as soon as we walked up. She...More

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

Thanks for sharing your experience! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and appreciate you taking the time to tell us about it.

Reviewed 20 August 2017

My Wife and I stumbled across this site as we were heading back home, ironically to Moline IL where the Worldwide HQ for Deere & Company is. Anyways, this is a free site an tour to check out so, check it out. I was pretty...More

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

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

Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Absolutely loved everything about this visit... the blacksmith shop, the guides and feeling like talking with old friends... thank you from your Ohio friends for maki g our visit so very special. We even came home with hand crafted items. We will be back!

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

Thanks for visiting. We hope you can make it back soon!

Reviewed 12 August 2017

Great place to venture back 180 years in time. Interesting to learn of John Deere the man and how the large American manufacturing company got its start. One gets to see the excavated site of his original blacksmith shop. Also get to see in another...More

Thank Cytraveler26
Danielle D, Guest Relations Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

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

Reviewed 29 July 2017

This site was very interesting and a surprising find. Was visiting from out of town and looking for local museums. There is a large blacksmith shop with a very good demonstration (about 20minutes). There is an archeological dig of Deere's blacksmith shop and an historic...More

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Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Thank you for sharing. We appreciate your time and are glad you enjoyed your experience with us.

Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

The John Deere Historical site in Grand De Tour, Ill. is an informative and pleasant stop. The staff is willing to answer questions and provides an atmosphere which is most welcoming. We stopped not knowing what to expect and were delighted with our visit and...More

1  Thank Sylvia L
Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Thank you for visiting and the wonderful review.

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tdbear32
19 July 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
29 March 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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KatelynScarlett
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