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Deere-Wiman House and Butterworth Center - two majestic mansions built in the late 1800s by Charles Deere, son of John Deere.

The homes are open for guided tours at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The tours begin at the Deere-Wiman House. To arrange a tour at another time you will need to call and make an appointment. The outstanding gardens are open for viewing any time during daylight hours. Donations appreciated.

At the Butterworth Center, you will be amazed by the prized Venetian Art Ceiling - the 50-foot canvas ceiling painting was purchased by William and Katherine Butterworth, granddaughter of John Deere, from P.W. French and Company of New York in 1917. The art was never signed; it came from Hotel Danieli, formerly a palazzo of the Dandolo family in Venice, Italy, and for 90 years it was believed to depict the Dandolo family. New discoveries have revealed that the ceiling painting was completed in the 1720s or 1730s by the Valerian brothers, significant artists of the 18th century and was commissioned by the Bernando family, not the Dandolo family. Only a handful of their paintings remain.

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