John Deere Historical Site


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The company John Deere founded has a presence around the world, but it all started just a few minutes south of Oregon in Grand Detour, Illinois. When you step foot on the grounds, it will feel like taking a step back in time. Hear the floorboards creak as you walk inside John Deere’s home. 

Take in the beauty of the picturesque landscape. And feel the heat of fired steel inside a working blacksmith shop. Whether you’re a school group, a John Deere fan or a history buff, it’s an experience you just can’t miss.

Watch live blacksmith demonstrations in a replica of John Deere’s original shop.

Tour the original John Deere family home and get an intimate glimpse of pioneer life in 1836.

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.

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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Business Hours : Open April- October Wednesdays - Saturdays 9 a.m.-5p.m. Sundays 1p.m-5p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday


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