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It is an elegant home. Built in 1872, Deere-Wiman House in Moline is especially beautiful during the Christmas Season.

It is the home where John Deere's youngest son Charles, his wife Mary, and their two daughters lived .

This time of year, the home is decorated with a twelve foot Christmas tree in the living room. The tree is decorated with many handmade, Victorian ornaments.

Gretchen Small is the Program Directo.  She says the woodwork adds a warmth and charm to the living room.  

In the dining room, a table setting for six. A Victorian Christmas dinner was a multi course meal, including plumb pudding and mince meat pie.

The Deere's often entertained, and during the holidays, special guests and friends were invited to the home for dinner.

The home is fifteen thousand square feet. It sits on several acres.

John Deere's descendants lived at Deere-Wiman House from 1872 until 1976.

William Wiman  married Charles Deere's oldest daughter, Anna.  The Wimans also lived there.

The house has seventeen rooms, not including  the ten bathrooms.  

Tours of the home are by appointment. Non-profit organizations also conduct meetings at the house.

The Deere-Wiman  House. One of the area's crown jewels. 

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