The company John Deere founded has a presence around the world, but it all started right here in Grand Detour, Illinois. When you step foot on these 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. Open March through December.
The John Deere Historic Site is open March through December closed January & February
Closed on July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve
Where the man became a legend. In 1963, an archeological team uncovered the exact location where John Deere forged his first self-scouring steel plow, and how it helped open the emerging American west to settlement. While looking over the preserved site and seeing firsthand the artifacts excavated, listen in as John Deere describes how he built a thriving manufacturing business.
John Deere's Home
Built in 1836, the original John Deere home gives you an intimate glimpse of pioneer life. You'll see how the Deere family raised eight children, not to mention live-in apprentices, in their six room home. See the rooms as the Deere family would have known them, furnished with period household items that show how pioneers cooked, cleaned, bathed, and spent their few leisure hours.
Right next door is the Gift Shop where you can find items forged in our blacksmith shop as mementos of your visit. If you're looking for something specific, custom ironwork can be done on request. There's also a selection of clothing, hats, and other John Deere Historic Site merchandise. Shop a while. After you're done shopping, relax on our covered porch and take in the beauty that is Grand Detour.
Admission is FREE