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History Comes Alive for Pioneer Days at the Colonel Davenport House

Stop by the Colonel Davenport House on June 9-10 from  12-5pm each day for  a  weekend that will take you back to 1835 during their sixth Pioneer Days. Admission for Pioneer Days is $10.00 adults for 13 years and over; $8 for seniors (65 & older), free 12 and under and active military.  Admission includes tours of the house. For more information, visit their website at www.davenporthouse.org.  If you can't make Pioneer Days, stop by the Colonel Davenport House for a tour.  They are open extended hours during Museum Week on June 11-17 from 12 to 4 p.m. with Buy One Get One Free admission.

For the brave, there will be a rustic rope bridge, approx. 40’ long from the Boy Scouts.  See re-enactors demonstrate a variety of crafts (quilting, spinning, lace making, and chair caning).  Take a tour of the House, see the new east wing exhibits, or try one of the games that involve aiming and throwing (quoits and tomahawks) from the Buckskinners.  

A color guard will raise and lower the historical 25-star flag in front of the house.  In the outdoor kitchen, see open hearth baking of soda bread and calico pudding, pan-fried catfish, and blueberry cobbler.  More children’s activities include scrub board washing, making a yarn doll, scavenger hunt, walking on stilts, bucket racing, and punched tin designs.

At 2 p.m. Saturday there will be a Birds of Prey show.  Food and refreshments for sale. 



Address: Davenport Drive, Rock Island, IL. (Arsenal Island)


Phone: 309-786-7336

Website:  http://www.davenporthouse.org/

Admission: Includes a guided tour of the home - The house is also open on Veterans Day on November 11 from 2-4 p.m. for a $1 admission.  Regular admission is Adults $6; Seniors 65 and older $4; 12 yrs. and under free; Active Military free.

Hours: The Colonel Davenport House is open from May to October from Wednesday to Saturday at 12 to 4 p.m.

At the Colonel Davenport House, your admission includes a guided tour of the historically-furnished house and grounds. You'll see how the family lived in the 1800s and learn how the area developed. The Rock Island Arsenal is an active military installation.  All visitors must enter through the downtown Moline (Illinois) gate.  Visitors who do not have an approved Department of Defense identification card and are 18 years old or older must obtain a visitor pass at the Visitor Control Center. It only takes a few minutes to get this pass.

To obtain a credential, visitors will need to provide driver’s license, state-issued identification card, or passport, last four digits of their Social Security number, and must complete a background check. Click here to fill out the form in advance of your visit. Residents of Minnesota, Missouri, and Washington states will need a social security card, or another approved I.D., to use with their driver’s license or state-issued identification card.

Wednesday12:00 pm - 4:00 am
Thursday12:00 pm - 4:00 am
Friday12:00 pm - 4:00 am
Saturday12:00 pm - 4:00 am
location_onDavenport Drive, 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.

Directions: Use Davenport Drive from Rodman Ave. to get to the house, located on the North side of the Island. All visitors must use the Moline, Illinois gate to access Arsenal Island. A U.S. photo ID is needed for persons 16 years and older. See map at www.davenporthouse.org