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Agriculture

John Deere historical tour planned for Aug. 16

RSVP due by July 31

PRINCETON — A John Deere Historical Tour will take place Friday, Aug. 16. The event will be hosted by the Bureau County Farm Bureau.

The day will begin at the old Bureau County Farm Bureau building (535 Elm Place), where they will meet the bus at 7:30 a.m. They will then head to Grand Detour and then Moline. After leaving Princeton, stops will be made at the following places:

• Grand Detour John Deere’s Childhood Home — Discover where the story began. Stand in the spot where John Deere created the first commercially successful steel plow and relive the experience of his original blacksmith shop and family home.

• John Deere Pavilion — The pavilion, opened in 1997, began as an urban renewal project. The pavilion serves as the official visitor center for John Deere, whose world headquarters are located just a few blocks away.

• Historic Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House — Both historic homes once belonged to John Deere’s descendants. Today, tours of the Deere-Wiman House offer visitors an authentic glimpse into Victorian family life and architectural innovations of the past century. The home’s seven acres of formal gardens and walkways, as well as a child-sized playhouse and three-story carriage house, beckon guests to explore the same lovely setting enjoyed by residents more than a century ago. The Butterworth Center was built by Charles Deere as a wedding gift for his daughter. Visitors can walk the lush grounds and explore the interior of the home’s three floors.

The group will return by 5 p.m. All entrance costs and bus fees are included in the cost. Participants will be responsible for their own lunch when they stop along the way.

The cost for the day is $50 per Farm Bureau member or $60 for a non-FB member. Reservations are due by Wednesday, July 31, to 815-875-6468. Checks should be made payable to the Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation. All proceeds benefit the Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation.

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