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                The exterior of the John Deere Blacksmith building

                John Deere Historic Site

                Thank you for your interest in John Deere attractions and tours. Due to the coronavirus pandemic our facilities are not currently open. These include:

                • John Deere Pavilion and John Deere Store; Moline, IL
                • John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum and John Deere Store; Waterloo, IA
                • John Deere Historic Site; Grand Detour, IL
                • World Headquarters Display Floor; Moline, IL
                • Factory and facility tours in the U.S.

                Our priority is the safety of our employees and visitors. We continue to monitor state and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and will follow recommendations for safely reopening John Deere attractions and tours. Please continue to check VisitJohnDeere.com for updates.

                Relive history!

                Hear the clang of the hammer. Feel the heat from the forge. Watch the iron melt and take shape. Stand in the spot where John Deere created the first commercially successful steel plow, and relive the experience of his original blacksmith shop. Discover where our story began at the John Deere Historic Site!

                Children watching a live demonstration of the John Deere Blacksmith

                Demonstrations

                Watch live blacksmith demonstrations in a replica of John Deere’s original shop. Learn how he created the first commercially successful steel plow — and changed the world of agriculture forever.

                The interior of the John Deere family home

                Tours

                Tour the original John Deere family home and get an intimate glimpse of pioneer life in 1836. Explore rooms as the Deere family would have known them, furnished with household items that show how pioneers cooked, cleaned, bathed, and spent their leisure hours.

                Man and woman looking at John Deere Blacksmith artifacts

                Artifacts

                Stand in the exact location where John Deere forged the first self-scouring steel plow. Explore the site, view excavated artifacts, and listen as Deere himself describes how he built a thriving manufacturing business.

                While you’re here

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                Free admission

                Because we’re proud of our heritage and encourage everyone to share in our storied history, each John Deere Attractions Site is open to the public and completely FREE.

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                Hours

                Regular hours:
                Monday: 1pm–5pm
                Tuesday–Saturday: 9am–5pm
                Sunday: Closed

                Holiday hours:
                Closed New Year’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve

                The John Deere Historic Site is open March through December.

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                Directions

                To plan your trip, please
                Check the map.

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                Contact us

                John Deere Historic Site
                8334 South Clinton Street
                Grand Detour (Dixon), IL 61021
                815.652.4551
                Email Us

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                School group tours

                Show your students how life on the prairie led to major innovations in farming. Tour the original Deere family home, a working replica of John Deere’s original blacksmith shop, and a preserved archeological dig site. Tour guides lead all school group tours. The entire tour takes approximately 1.5 hours and can be scheduled year-round.

                While you’re in the area

                Exterior of the Childrens Museum of Illinois in Decatur, IL

                Children’s Museum of Illinois – Decatur, Illinois

                Children’s Museum of Illinois is a hands-on, interactive experience for children ages 2 to 12, with exhibits and activities that complement and enhance their educational opportunities. The museum is located on the shores of Lake Decatur in Scovill Park, adjacent to Scovill Zoo.
                Directions to Children’s Museum of Illinois

                Exterior of the Byron Forest Preserve in Byron, IL

                Byron Forest Preserve – Byron, Illinois

                This landmark glass building on the banks of the Mississippi River, with expansive galleries and intimate rooms, is a premier art exhibit and education facility.
                Directions to Byron Forest Preserve

                Exterior of the Ingersoll Wetland Learning Center in Thomson, IL

                Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center – Thomson, Illinois

                The Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center promotes environmental education and the conservation of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Conveniently located within the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, the facility is packed with interesting, hands-on exhibits and provides a dramatic view of the world's most majestic and celebrated river.
                Directions to Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center

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