The origin of “John Deere” farm equipment
Everyone has heard the name ‘John Deere’ but not many know of it’s Vermont origin. As the “inventor of the plow that broke the plains”, John Deere learned the blacksmith trade in Middlebury, VT as an apprentice in the shop of Capt. Benjamin Lawrence from 1821 to 1825. The shop was located below this spot on Mill Street, in what is known as ‘Frog Hollow’. In 1836 Deere removed to Grand Detour, Illinois where, in 1837, he built the world’s first steel moldboard plow. Today, John Deere is recognized as one of America’s most famous company names.
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