Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
1601 River Drive, Suite 110
Moline, IL 61265
The Deere-Wiman House, was built 1872 by Charles Deere, John Deere's son. The home was also lived in by the family of Charles Deere-Wiman until 1976. Butterworth Center was built in 1892 for Katherine and William Butterworth. Katherine was the granddaughter of John Deere and William was the third president of Deere & Company. These beautiful homes offer amazing architecture, interiors, and wonderful gardens.
Discover the tunnel that leads from the Deere-Wiman House to the Carriage House on June 26 during Blossoms at Butterworth. There is still more to be learned about this unique feature. Take a tour of the homes during Museum Week and learn about the innovations that were unique for the time period these homes were built. You will see what has been learned about these innovations and what things still remain a mystery.
June 17, Evenings at Butterworth Center, 7pm will feature a special presentation on the "Downton Abbey Costumes in Photographs." Through photography, art historian Jeff Mishur will discuss the Downton Abbey costumes that were featured during the recent exhibition in Chicago. He will speak about the various historical periods of dress, as well as the newly constructed garments that were used to imitate the vintage dress for the PBS/BBC series. Mr. Mishur will place each costume in historic context and will relate it to the series. As a special feature of this program, a dress worn by Katherine Deere Butterworth will be on display.
June 26, Blossoms at Butterworth, 12pm to 5pm. Families will enjoy the gardens at Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House while participating in fun-filled activities. Fill the afternoon with historic home tours, indoor and outdoor music, games from the 1800s, food vendors, and a visit to the Community Connections Fair to learn about the many great organizations in the Quad Cities. Also, be sure to take a mysterious walk through the tunnel which connects the Deere-Wiman House and Carriage House. Rarely open to the public, there is still much to be learned about this unique feature.
June 20-24, Monday through Friday from 8am- 4pm, guided tours of Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House will be available by appointment. Both Deere-Wiman House and Butterworth Center have many unique innovations for the time period they were built. During guided tours you will see what has been learned about these innovations and what things still remain a mystery.
Free admission, donations accepted.