by Jessica Waytenick •

Address: North end of Arsenal Island on Hillman Avenue in Rock Island, Illinois
Phone: 309-788-7336
Web Site:
Hours: May-October, Thursday-Sunday from 12-4 p.m. or by special appointment
Admission: $5.00 adults; $3.00 kids; $10.00 family
Media Contact: Jessica Waytenick, 309-737-4280 or
Media Note: All news media must be escorted on the Island.
What's New:

  • The CDHF has started construction on the eastwing.  It was torn down in 1907 in disrepair.

The Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation (CDHF) is a nonprofit volunteer group that works to preserve Colonel George Davenport's former home and share his story with the community.

The Colonel Davenport House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1833-1834 and is on the North end of Arsenal Island in the Quad Cities. The Foundation relies on volunteers to maintain and operate the house. It is open for tours from May to October, Thursday-Sunday from 12-4 p.m.

In 1816, GeorgeDavenport arrived with the U.S. Army to establish Fort Armstrong.  He stayed and developed businessrelationships with the local Native Americans and started a fur tradingbusiness.  Davenport helped settle theQuad Cities area and created a life here for himself and his family.  His foresight is still reflected in this areatoday.

Colonel Davenport was the first permanent white settler in the Quad Cities. He built a house for his family in 1833-1834 on the north end of Arsenal Island, the largest island in the mighty Mississippi River. It was considered a mansion of its time. It is a Federal-style house and it’s one of the farthest west examples of this type of architecture in the country.

After the Civil War, the house rapidly deteriorated. In 1907, some restoration began. In 1988, the Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation raised funds and restored the roof, siding, windows, front porch, and west wing. Now the inside is furnished with pieces that reflect the lifestyle of the Davenport family.

Visitors to the house will learn about the exciting and important history of this area—the early fur traders, life for the settlers in the 19th century, friendly relationships with the Native Americans, the Civil War, and development of this area into a bustling port for the steamboats and railroad.

The CDHF hosts quarterly lunch programs with historical-related topics and its annual Arsenal Appreciation Day in July, Ghost Tales family event in September, and Veterans Day hours in November.

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