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Hammer In 2018 at John Deere Historic Site

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Take a step back in time and experience the trade and art of blacksmithing at the John Deere Historic Site, August 4-5. This unique event is free and offers an opportunity to learn how to hammer and forge steel, along with other pioneer-era skills.

The company John Deere founded has a presence around the world, but it all started in Grand Detour, Illinois, where Deere forged the first commercially successful self-polishing steel plow back in 1837.  To celebrate the blacksmith’s history and trade, the John Deere Historic Site is hosting Hammer In 2018 on August 4-5. Dozens of blacksmiths from around the Midwest will fill the grounds of the John Deere Historic Site to provide demonstrations, sell their work, and introduce the public to one of the oldest trades in the world.

In addition to blacksmithing, other tradesmen and women will be exhibiting their skills and selling their wares including basket weavers, broom makers, trappers, wheelwrights, woodwrights and more.From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, visitors to this free event will see how blacksmiths and other tradesmen mold and craft their wares into works of art and household goods. Many of the products for sale during the event will be made on location.

Attendees 12 years of age and older will have an opportunity to get hands-on and experience what it’s like to be a blacksmith when they try hammering and forging to make their own piece of iron work. Attending blacksmiths will help guests under a training tent to let them experience the working side of the anvil.

On Saturday at noon, guests will be treated to the sound of dozens of blacksmiths hammering in unison during an official “Anvil Ring.” A food vendor will be on site and each day, items created by the attending blacksmiths will be raffled off.

The John Deere Historic Site held its first Hammer In event in 2004, with 75 blacksmiths, attracting guests from around the country. Hammer In events have been hosted here every other year since in an effort to celebrate the trade as well as the history and legacy of the company’s founder.

Blacksmiths interested in participating should contact the John Deere Historic Site at 815-652-4551. The Site is located five miles north of Dixon on Hwy 2 (Between Dixon and Oregon).

Event Details

Aug 04 to Aug 05, 2018
9:00am - 4:00pm


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