Pioneer Living Day at the Colonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island


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Posted Online: May 13, 2013, 9:14 am
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Press release submitted by Jessica Waytenick



Rock Island, Illinois – The Colonel Davenport House, located on the North end of Arsenal Island, is stepping back in time for Pioneer Living Day on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

Be a part of history from George Davenport's time from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with guided tours of the house, and outside in the yard see log raft demonstrations, black-powder gun demonstrations, children's games, pioneer crafts, a doll quilt display, and many re-enactors to take a picture with you.

Pioneer Living Day is included with regular admission to the house: $5 adults; $3 seniors/students/active military; $10 family.

Colonel Davenport was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving for ten years. He came to Rock Island in 1816 as a civilian who had a contract to supply rations to the soldiers at Fort Armstrong. George Davenport was the first permanent white resident in the Quad Cities area and built his house in 1833-34.

A current U.S. picture ID for persons 16 years or older is needed in order to be permitted on Arsenal Island because it is a working military facility. You can access Arsenal Island using the Rock Island or Moline, Illinois, gates.

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

For more information, visit their website at www.davenporthouse.org.

About the CDHF

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. Colonel Davenport was the first permanent white settler in the Quad Cities. The Foundation relies on volunteers to maintain and operate the house. It is open for tours from May to October.

















 




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