Colonel Davenport House


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Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation

To preserve the Colonel Davenport House and site, and foster knowledge of the history and development of the Quad Cities region through tours of the house, exhibits, and educational programming.

Admissions | Directions | President's Message | Additional Attractions

Generation to Generation: Antique Appraisal Fair

antiquesLearn from Terri Applegate about how to pass on your family heirlooms on Sunday, January 26th at 3:00 p.m. at Modern Woodmen Park Suite Level in Davenport (former John O'Donnell Stadium).  Then participate in an Antique Appraisal Fair hosted by the Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation (CDHF).  Everyone is welcome to bring one item to be appraised.  (Items must be easily carried and fit on a table.  No firearms or very large items please.)  Enjoy a meal of roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, dessert, coffee/iced tea.

The cost to attend the CDHF program is $25 per person and advanced reservations are required.  Purchase tickets online HERE or call Jessica Waytenick at 309-737-4280 by Tuesday, January 21. 


Colonel Davenport's house is a circa 1833 structure and was considered a mansion of its time. The house is located on the north side of Arsenal Island in Rock Island, Illinois. To see a map, click here.

The Colonel Davenport House was recently featured on KWQC by reporter Fran Riley. Click here to see the 2-minute story.

The Colonel Davenport House was recently featured on CBS4 – WHBF in a series by Steve Long about Arsenal Island.  Click here to see the 3-minute story.

**The Colonel Davenport House is now closed for the season.  The house re-opens for its regular hours on May 1, 2014.  If you are interested in bringing a group to the house, please contact Ginny Bauersfeld at 309-236-0741.

President's Message

Simply speaking, the Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation (CDHF) is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural and historical significance of the Davenport House.  We are all volunteers who have an interest in not only preserving history but perpetuating it.

As a non-profit corporation, the foundation relies solely on grants and private donations.  The upkeep of the house, and the continuance of the many programs and events scheduled throughout the year, depends heavily upon financial support.

Attractively priced memberships are available for:  students, individuals, families, businesses and corporations.

Guided tours of the Davenport House are available May through October, Noon to 4:00 p.m., Thursdays through Sunday.

Volunteer opportunities are numerous.  Whatever time a volunteer would like to share with our organization, would be very much appreciated.  Being a member of our Board of Directors offers yet another unique opportunity to serve.

The Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation (CDHF) invites you, as a member, as a potential member, as a volunteer, to become part of history by getting involved, and involving others.

- Judy Tumbleson, President



Thursday - Sunday 12-4 pm

House is open by appointment only. E-mail or call Ginny Bauersfeld, (309) 236-0741 .

Adults: $5
Seniors / Students/ Active Military: $3
Family: $10

Special tour pricing is available. Click here for more information.


Directions to the House

A photo I.D. is required of all persons entering Arsenal Island . Guests should enter through the main Moline gate located off River Drive in Moline, Illinois . Once on Arsenal Island, take Rodman Ave, a main East- West street to Hillman Avenue . The house is at the end and to the right of Hillman. To view a map, click here.


Additional Arsenal Island Attractions

After visiting the Colonel Davenport House, please visit these other Arsenal Island and Quad City Area Attractions all located in close proximity on the map .

Rock Island Arsenal Museum

The National Cemetery

The Confederate Cemetery

The Mississippi River Visitor's Center at Lock and Dam #15

The Quad Cities Convention & Visitor's Bureau offers information about other area attractions.


Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation
P. O. Box 4603
Rock Island, IL 61204-4603
Tel. (309) 786-7336