Colonel Davenport House

The Colonel Davenport House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1833-1834. 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, George Davenport arrived with the U.S. Army to establish Fort Armstrong. He stayed and developed business relationships with the local Native Americans and started a fur trading business. Davenport helped settle the Quad Cities area and created a life here for himself and his family. His foresight is still reflected in this area today.

Colonel Davenport was the first permanent European 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 in 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.

U.S. photo ID necessary for visitors 16 years and older. Please enter from the downtown Moline, Illinois, gate.

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Latitude: 41.521141 Longitude: -90.556209 Elevation: 576 ft
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Hours Open

May to October 12-4 pm Thursday to Sunday

Time Period Represented


Seasons Open

Summer and Fall

Visitor Fees

$6 adults; $4 seniors; free for military and kids 12 and younger

Accessibility Notes

Wheelchair accessible on the first floor. Second floor is only accessible by stairs.

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