News Releases   September 29, 2016

John Deere Historic Site Hosts Fall Festival on Saturday, October 8

Grand Detour, Illinois (September 29, 2016) – The John Deere Historic Site is celebrating the harvest season with its first-ever Fall Festival on Saturday, October 8. From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., guests to the Site are invited to decorate pumpkins, bob for apples, play a variety of old fashioned kids games and of course, tour the grounds and exhibits. The Site will offer free admission for the day, making this an exceptional family outing.

In addition to these special activities, the Historic Site will feature a colorful fall photo opportunity area. Guests are encouraged to bring cameras to capture seasonal photos of the kids and family. Staff at the site will also be dressed in period costumes, adding to the historic ambience experienced while strolling through more than six acres of John Deere's original Illinois homestead.

"We are very excited to offer this free event at the John Deere Historic Site since fall is such an exceptional time of year here," said Kristen Veto, Manager of the John Deere Historic Site. "Since the Site is a seasonal tourist attraction closing for the season on October 30, we want to take full advantage of the beauty it offers this time of year."

For more information, please contact the John Deere Historic Site at 815-652-4551. The Site is located five miles north of Dixon on Hwy 2 (Between Dixon and Oregon).

About the John Deere Historic Site

The John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour is the original Illinois homestead of John Deere and is the location where he built his first commercially successful "self-polishing" steel plow. The Historic Site was designated as a Registered National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, and a Historic Landmark of Agricultural Engineering by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. The home Deere built still stands and is now accompanied by a replicated blacksmith shop, an exhibit of Deere's original tools unearthed during an archeological dig, and a visitor center and gift shop. In the atmosphere of a friendly 19th century village, informed tour guides provide an entertaining and educational perspective of life on the prairie. The John Deere Historic Site is open to the public May through October and is funded and managed by the John Deere Foundation. For more information, please call 815-652-4551 or visit

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*High resolution photos of the John Deere Historic Site are available upon request.