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John Deere Historic Site

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Must Visit if you like John Deere

Luckily my husband had found this place on Trip Advisor before we went camping nearby. We love... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2017
OUGirl1125
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Plainfield, Illinois
Agriculteral History on the Prairie

My Wife and I stumbled across this site as we were heading back home, ironically to Moline IL where... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
Brandon K
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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 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

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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!

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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

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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

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

Thank you for visiting and the wonderful review.

Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

A visit to anywhere John Deere needs to include the historic site. We visited today. You will see the archaeological site where they found a lot of John Deere's blacksmith "rubbish" (for lack of better wording!) It was fascinating to see what they found. Our...More

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Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

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

Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

This place was amazing! From the blacksmith demonstration (done by Rick who was both educating and wonderfully funny!) to the women who guided us through John Deere's home as well as answered questions after a short video...we all learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed our...More

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Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

What a great review of the John Deere Historic Site. We're thrilled you enjoyed your visit. I agree, Rick makes me laugh every time.

Reviewed 29 June 2017

Wanted to get off the interstate and stopped in. Refreshingly simple and well done! No computers, 3D or whatever- just a history site. The blacksmith demo was well done /entertaining and tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Kudos to John Deere for supporting this place.

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Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Thanks for sharing your experience at the John Deere Historic Site. We appreciate your time and are glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

Very nice. This place is free. They provide a nice little history lesson with an archeological dig, a working blacksmith Shoppe, a restored home and beautiful gardens. Knowledgeable tour guides explain John Deere's story and the tragedies and high points that lead to the brand...More

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Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

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

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Yes, they have a number of items in their gift shop.
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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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