The welcome mat is always out for visitors to Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House. By offering tours of both houses (by appointment), free meeting space for hundreds of not-for-profit organizations, and partnerships with other arts, literary, and historical organizations, the Foundation reaches over 55,000 people each year with award-winning outreach programming.
What better way to get a sense of two local historic homes than to come snoop around? Come join us on a tour of Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House, and learn the secrets of their first owners, the homes' design and construction, and their role in the development of the Quad Cities. Upstairs, downstairs and everywhere in between, we'll give you a behind-the-scenes look at a fascinating chapter in local history.
Tours are available by appointment only during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Donations are welcome.
For more information or to schedule a tour, call (309) 743-2701
or e-mail: gsmall@ButterworthCenter.com
Additional Summer Hours:
Sunday tours July 12- Aug. 30, 1-4 beginning on the hour
Butterworth Center is located at 1105 8th St. in Moline, Ill.;
Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Ave., Moline, Ill.
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There is a tunnel that connects the historic Deere-Wiman House home to the Deere-Wiman Carriage House? Built c1916, the tunnel was handy for staff to move between buildings, especially during the winter months. Today, the tunnel is still used by the Deere-Wiman staff. Come experience this unique opportunity to see the Deere-Wiman Tunnel and learn about its’ history. You must be able to handle stairs and a ramp to view the tunnel.
Guided tours of the Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House may be scheduled on weekdays or on Sundays, July 9 - August 27.
For more information: 309-743-2701.
Deere-Wiman House “Underground” During the Blossoms at Butterworth June 25, 2017, 12-5p
Deere-Wiman House • 817-11th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265
To schedule a historic presentation for an organization or meeting, contact Gretchen Small
at: (309) 743-2701
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about the architecture of the house built in 1872 and the four generations of John Deere's descendants who lived there. Duration: 30- 45 minutes, including questions
The home, built in 1892, has undergone several changes over the years and has grown to three times its original size. Learn about William and Katherine Butterworth, the only couple to live in the house. Duration: 30-45 minutes, including questions
Deere-Wiman House Swimming Pool
Learn about the unique indoor swimming pool that was built in 1917. The program includes photos taken when the building was constructed and photos taken over the years until its demolition in the late 1980s. Duration: 30-45 minutes, including questions
How to Date Your Photographs
Learn simple methods for determining the date of photographs from the 1800s and early 1900s. Duration: 30- 45 minutes, including questions
Victorian Ladies' Clothing
Looks back at the wonderful era of women's clothing from the 1860s to 1910. Duration: 30- 45 minutes, including questions
Learn about the Deere-Wiman grounds through historical photos and current photos of the beautiful gardens.
A Victorian Christmas
Learn about the Christmas traditions that began during the Victorian era. Duration: 30- 45 minutes, including questions.
John Deere's Trip West
Follow John Deere's journey from Vermont to Illinois and learn why and how he settled in Moline, Illinois.
Houseboats on the Mississippi
The Deere family has had a long history of boating. Learn about the family’s houseboats that cruised up and down the Mississippi River in the late
1800s and early 1900s.
Mattie Poole: Moline Business Woman
Learn about entrepreneur Mattie Poole who demonstrated progressive marketing skills and considerable business acumen well ahead of her time. The Poole building she built on Moline’s 5th Avenue still stands today, evidence of the achievements of a woman in what was then a
Take a Trip on the Ferris Wheel
More than 120 years ago, planner of the Columbian Exposition – the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 – were desperate to find an attraction that would eclipse the Eiffel Tower. George Ferris, born in Galesburg, IL, gave that and more with his revolutionary Ferris Wheel. Here about his brilliant invention, one that endures today as the icon of
fairs and carnivals everywhere.
Uncommon Assets: the Life and Legacy of John Deere: Produced by WQPT Quad Cities Public Television, this 10-minute video traces the life of John Deere, from his roots in Vermont, to his move to Grand Detour, Ill., the birthplace of his self-scouring plow, to Moline, Ill., where he, his son Charles Deere and four successive generations
of family members guided what would become a leading international manufacturer in the agriculture sector. The video also celebrates Deere’s “uncommon assets”: stately, historic homes that continue to play an important role in local cultural and community activities.
Hidden Treasures: Discovering Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House Through the Eyes of a
Child: Also produced by WQPT Quad Cities Public Television, this 10-minute video takes a unique
look at two relics of another time: Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House in Moline, Ill. Join two inquisitive tourists as they step back in time and discover secret passageways, a hidden safe and the history of a kind, generous and progressive family that preserved two remarkable estates for future generations. Suitable and entertaining for audiences of all ages.
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Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House
1105-8th Street, Moline, Illinois 61265