The exterior of the John Deere Blacksmith building

John Deere Historic Site


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Visit John Deere Mobile Guide

The FREE interactive John Deere mobile guide features audio tours, photos, video, selfie filters, and virtual reality experiences at the John Deere Pavilion, John Deere Historic Site, John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, and John Deere World Headquarters, as well as a behind the scenes look at artifacts, documents, photos, and art from the company archives.

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A live demonstration of the John Deere Blacksmith


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.

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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.

The interior of the John Deere family home


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.

While you’re here

Upcoming Events

  • September 10: 74th Annual Grand Detour Arts Festival
  • October 14 & 15: Fall Fest
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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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Open April-October
(Closed Easter Sunday & July 4th)

Regular hours:

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


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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
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