The exterior of the John Deere Blacksmith building

John Deere Historic Site

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


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.

Man and woman looking at John Deere Blacksmith 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.

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.

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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 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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