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John Deere Historic Site

John Deere Historic Site  |  8334 S. Clinton St., Grand Detour  |  Dixon, IL 61201  |  (815)652-4551  |  Hours   |  Directions

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Experience where it all began.

John Deere 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 the replica 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.

And it's free for kids 11 and younger. Only $5 for everyone else.

archeological siteArcheological Site

Where the man became a legend.
In 1963, an archeological team uncovered the exact location of where John Deere forged his first self-scouring steel plow, and with it, an entire industry. The location has been preserved, with an exhibit hall built around it. There, you can listen in as John Deere describes his daily events and how the blacksmith shop was operated by Deere and his apprentices.

John Deere's HomeJohn Deere's Home

A glimpse into a simpler time.
Built in 1836, the John Deere home gives you an intimate glimpse of pioneer life. You'll see 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.

Gift ShopGift Shop

Take something home that will stir wonderful memories.
Right next door is our 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.

Historic SiteThe John Deere Historic Site

8334 S. Clinton St., Grand Detour  |  Dixon, IL 61021  |  (815)652-4551

Hours of Operation
Open May - October
Wednesday - Sunday  9 a.m.-5p.m.

Closed
Monday and Tuesday

Special group tours can be arranged during the winter months.
Admission is $5 (USD) for visitors age 12 and older.

Driving Directions

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From Iowa (and the West) to Dixon, Illinois

  1. I-80 to I-88 E
  2. Exit State Route 26 toward Dixon
  3. Turn right onto Galena Ave
  4. Turn right onto E River Rd
  5. Take the 3rd right toward Ravine Ave
  6. Turn left onto Ravine Ave
  7. Turn left onto Broad St
  8. Take the 1st left onto S Clinton St

From Chicago (and the East) to Dixon, Illinois

  1. Go West on I-290 to I-88 WEST
  2. Exit State Route 26 toward Dixon
  3. Turn right onto Galena Ave
  4. Turn right onto E River Rd
  5. Take the 3rd right toward Ravine Ave
  6. Turn left onto Ravine Ave
  7. Turn left onto Broad St
  8. Take the 1st left onto S Clinton St

From Springfield to Dixon, Illinois

  1. Go North on 9TH ST to LOOP 55
  2. Go Northeast on LOOP 55 to I-55 NORTH
  3. Take exit 164 to merge onto I-39 N/US-51 N toward Rockford
  4. Take the exit toward U.S. 34 W/N 43rd Rd
  5. Turn left onto U.S. 34 W/N 43rd Rd
  6. Turn right onto 8th St
  7. Turn right onto Main St
  8. Turn left onto E Main St
  9. Turn left to stay on US-52 W
  10. Turn right onto Galena Ave
  11. Turn right onto E River Rd
  12. Take the 3rd right toward Ravine Ave
  13. Turn left onto Ravine Ave
  14. Turn left onto Broad St
  15. Take the 1st left onto S Clinton St

From St. Louis to Dixon, Illinois

  1. Go South on 12TH ST to I-55 NORTH
  2. Go North on I-55 NORTH to Illinois
  3. Take exit 164 to merge onto I-39 N/US-51 N toward Rockford
  4. Take the exit toward U.S. 34 W/N 43rd Rd
  5. Turn left onto U.S. 34 W/N 43rd Rd
  6. 06 Turn right onto 8th St
  7. 07 Turn right onto Main St
  8. Turn left onto E Main St
  9. Turn left to stay on US-52 W
  10. Turn right onto Galena Ave
  11. Turn right onto E River Rd
  12. Take the 3rd right toward Ravine Ave
  13. Turn left onto Ravine Ave
  14. Turn left onto Broad St
  15. Take the 1st left onto S Clinton St

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