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Located on Rock Island Arsenal right along the mighty Mississippi River, rests the restored and furnished 1833 home of George Davenport, the first white settler in the area and one of Davenport’s founding fathers. Guided tours of this home will reveal facts about Quad Cities' history and the tragic ending for Colonel Davenport.

The murder of Colonel George Davenport.

Pioneer Days is Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 12-4 p.m. on Sunday. There will be an encampment of fur trader re-enactors, the Buckskinners' Rendezvous, with pioneer portrayers demonstrating hatchet and knife throwing. Craft demonstrators, such as wood-working, basket weaving, quilting and rope making will show off their skills. Both kids and adults are invites to participate in a nature hunt, Turkey in the Straw, face painting and checkers! Old time music specialist Wesley Wells will play each afternoon.

Guest speakers include: Gena Schantz, Maryan Wherry, and Jack Tumbleson. On display will be selected items from the Fort Armstrong time capsule, buried as part of the fort's 150th anniversary in 1966, and recently opened as part of the 200th anniversary. Kid's activities.

Food will be available through Dickey's BBQ with sandwiches, sides and drinks.

Admission is $10.00 adults for 12 years and over; $8 for active military and seniors (65 & older); free 11 and under. The Colonel Davenport House has special hours and will be open every day during Museum Week from 12-4 p.m. for guided tours.

access_timeSunday • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
location_onHillman Ave., Rock Island
descriptionAbout Colonel Davenport House
Colonel Davenport, the first postmaster and namesake of Davenport, IA, designed this beautiful historic home on the banks of the Mississippi River. The Colonel Davenport House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a circa 1833 structure and was considered a mansion of its time.  On your guided tour, see artifacts representative of the early to mid-1800s which reflect the lifestyle of the Davenport family such as furniture, draperies, dishes, floor coverings, decorations and ornamentations.  

Learn about the lives of these early settlers and their prosperous life on the river.  The house is open for tours from May to October, Wednesday to Saturday from 12-4 p.m. Admission: $6 adults; $4 seniors; Children 12 and under and active military are free.  The house and grounds are staffed and maintained by the all-volunteer, non-profit Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation.