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Visit where it all began. See John Deere's original Grand Detour homestead where he created his first self-scouring plow. The site also features a replica of his blacksmith shop with a working blacksmith and an exhibit from an archeological dig. Tour guides tell what life on the prairie was all about, and a gift shop sells blacksmith-made wares and a wide selection of handmade gifts and collectibles. Open May-October.


Sunday09:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday09:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday09:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday09:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday09:00 am - 5:00 pm

Open May-Oct only.

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