Middlebury in Addison County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Inventor of "The Plow that Broke the Plains"
John Deere learned the blacksmith trade here 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.
Erected 1968 by Vermont Board of Historic Sites.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1821.
Location. 44° 0.765′ N, 73° 10.155′ W. Marker is in Middlebury, Vermont, in Addison County. Marker is on Main Street, 0.1 miles south of Mill Street, on the right when traveling south. The marker is located in a small park between Park Street and Main Street, across Main Street from the Ilsley Public Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 78 Main Street, Middlebury VT 05753, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Town & Gown (within shouting distance of this marker); Marble Works Memorial Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battell BlockAncient Paths (about 700 feet away); Middlebury Civil War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Emma Willard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Court Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Emma Willard Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middlebury.
Also see . . . John Deere - Inventor - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 31, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 887 times since then and 46 times this year. Last updated on October 10, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. Photos: 1. submitted on January 15, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 4, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.