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John Deere Historic Site

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Brought many memories

As an old 70+ farm kid the blacksmith demo brought back many memories. Was very enlightening for... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2016
BilllyBob E
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This place is so awesome! The husband and I just went for a drive and stopped by. It's $5 to get... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2016
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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 5 August 2016 via mobile

As an old 70+ farm kid the blacksmith demo brought back many memories. Was very enlightening for my wife who had never seen a thing like this. . Price is $5.00 per person. Our dog was welcomed as well. . (do need to carry in...More

3  Thank BilllyBob E
Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2016

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

Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

This place is so awesome! The husband and I just went for a drive and stopped by. It's $5 to get in, but it is well worth it. We had a great time. If you are in the area, stop by. You won't be sorry

2  Thank trudy3636
Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2016

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

Reviewed 8 July 2016

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...More

2  Thank Carolyn53821
Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2016

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!

Reviewed 6 July 2016 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...More

2  Thank sjvillarreal5
Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2016

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

Reviewed 4 July 2016

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...More

2  Thank douglas886
Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2016

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.

Reviewed 2 July 2016

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.

3  Thank Diana500
Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2016

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

Reviewed 17 October 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/...More

3  Thank Robsy5111
Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2015

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.

Reviewed 15 October 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...More

2  Thank sharonjxn2
Brigitte T, Manager at John Deere Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2015

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

Reviewed 26 September 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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Reviewed 19 September 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...More

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Jet762080
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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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KatelynScarlett
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Is it worth going if raining
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