A Trip Back In Time To The Roots Of Farming

Those who want to explore this country’s roots may want to visit a group of destinations that showcase the role of agriculture-yesterday, today and tomorrow. In 1836, JohnÊDeere, a blacksmith from Vermont, set up shop in the small Rock River town of Grand Detour, Ill. Convinced the sticky Midwestern soil required a special kind of plow, he forged one in 1837. His “self-polishing” plow grew in popularity and, as it did, so did the company that bears his name. Today, visitors to the JohnÊDeere Historic Site can watch a blacksmith at work in a replica of the blacksmith’s shop where Deere fashioned his historic plow. The site also features the home JohnÊDeere built, a gift shop and an archaeological exhibit …