The John Deere Historic Site is located near Dixon which is where Ronald Reagan's boyhood home is located. They visited there in August. You can read about it here.
The folks said that the John Deere Historic Site was fun and educational. The tour includes the archeological site. In 1963, college students found the exact location where John Deere built his blacksmith shop. This is where he made the self-scouring steel plow. The plow did not have to be wiped off constantly like other plows. The first year he sold one, the second year he sold two. Business picked up after that.
|This is the original blacksmith shop. This area is behind glass. The area is marked so that visitors can see what was in each "hole".|
The next stop is a replica of the blacksmith shop where a blacksmith does a very good demonstration.
The final stop on the tour was the gift shop. The folks bought a magnet that was made by the blacksmith.
Mama didn't think there would be many people at the John Deere site, but it was packed. Their tour had 50 people in it. A tour bus full of people showed up as they were leaving, so it seems to be a popular place to visit.
The price of the tour is $5. The folks were probably there for two hours or more. The folks are very happy that they went.
FYI: Did you know that John Deere's wife's maiden name was Lamb? Mama thought it was cute that her name was Lamb and his was Deere.
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