Colonel Davenport House open on July 4


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Posted Online: July 03, 2013, 10:57 am
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Press release submitted by Jessica Waytenick


The Colonel Davenport House will be open for guided tours on Thursday, July 4th from 12-4 p.m.

George Davenport was attacked there on July 4th while his family was away because robbers thought he had gold there. Davenport did not have any gold, and later died from his wounds after describing his attackers.

George Davenport 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 on Arsenal Island 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.

The house is open Thursday-Sunday 12-4 p.m. Admission charged.

For more information, visit their website at www.davenporthouse.org or call the house at 309-786-7336

















 



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