The John Deere Historic Site
Deere & Company World Headquarters
Harvester Works Factory Tour & Visitor Center
Deere-Wiman House and Butterworth Center
MOLINE, Illinois (June 5, 2014) – Each John Deere attraction is a destination in and of itself, but packaged together, they take travelers on a journey dating back more than 177 years. In a short getaway you can see the place where it all started and experience life as aspiring entrepreneur John Deere did on the frontier. Visitors will learn about the company's global businesses, products and solutions for the challenges of providing food and infrastructure to the world's growing population. You can climb aboard a variety of massive equipment and feel just what it's like to operate the machines used on fields and roads throughout America and around the world. While on a factory tour, you will see how our biggest machines are brought to life. Here's more to help you plan your getaway to the John Deere Attractions
where you'll find surprising, exciting and engaging activities for the whole family.
The John Deere Historic Site - Grand Detour, Illinois
Start your getaway with a visit to where it all began. Designated as a Registered National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, the John Deere Historic Site welcomes visitors into John Deere's Grand Detour, Ill. homestead where he created his first self-scouring steel plow in 1837. Watch daily demonstrations from a working blacksmith in a replica of John Deere's shop. Get close to the archaeological excavations of Deere's shop and early factory, and explore the actual home he lived in. When your guided tour is complete, stop by the gift shop to purchase items made on-site by our blacksmith, as well as other handmade gifts and collectibles. Children under 12 are free.
The John Deere Pavilion - Moline, Illinois
Located near the spot of John Deere's original plow factory in Moline, Illinois, the John Deere Pavilion showcases the company's rich history and heritage as well as its current and future innovations. The Pavilion engages visitors through a variety of interactive displays, original artifacts, feature films and product simulators. The John Deere Discovery Zone is designed for our youngest visitors offering hands-on fun in a learning environment. Several pieces of both new and vintage equipment are also on display, many of which you can climb aboard. The Pavilion has attracted more than three million guests from around the globe and is a top attraction in the Quad Cities. Open year-round, the John Deere Pavilion is a free, family friendly attraction.
John Deere Store - Moline, Illinois
Adjacent to the Pavilion, the John Deere Store isn't your ordinary gift shop. This is a one-of-a-kind retail center that stocks more officially licensed, genuine John Deere toys, clothes, collectibles, novelties and videos than any other place in the world. It also houses the largest John Deere collection of the Ertl toy line anywhere.
Deere & Company World Headquarters - Moline, Illinois
For visitors interested in learning about the world's largest maker of agriculture equipment, a stop at the award-winning Deere & Company World Headquarters, overlooking the Rock River Valley, is a must. World-renowned architect Eero Saarinin designed the park-like, 1,000-acre corporate center. A large reflecting pool is a home to geese, ducks and artist Henry Moore's sculpture Hill Arches. Deere & Company's product display floor, open daily, features both vintage and modern John Deere equipment, a 180 foot-long mural built from original artifacts by artist Alexander Girard.
Harvester Works Factory Tour and Visitor Center – East Moline, Illinois
Go behind the scenes of the world's largest, most modern harvesting equipment manufacturing facility and see how our machines are brought to life from sheet metal to final assembly. Our knowledgeable tour guides will take you through each stage of the manufacturing process, showing how all the pieces come together to create these massive green machines. The Harvester Works visitor center also features several exhibits to teach you more about how our machines are used around the world. Tour reservations must be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Space fills up quickly, so please plan ahead. You must be a minimum of 13 years of age to participate in a factory tour.
Deere-Wiman House and Butterworth Center – Moline, Illinois
Visitors to the Deere-Wiman House and Butterworth Center are impressed with the 10-acre estate's extensive gardens showcasing the homes. An array of trees, plants and elements typical of the Victorian era remain in the Deere-Wiman garden. Guided tours of the estates and their gardens are available by appointment year-round and the gardens are open to the public during daylight hours. Both homes also host a number of concert series and other events throughout the year.
For more information, or to plan your getaway to the John Deere Attractions, visit www.JohnDeereAttractions.com or call (309) 765-1000. Accommodations and other information about visiting the Quad Cities can be found at www.VisitQuadCities.com.
About John Deere
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com.