Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation


2021 Events

Event on the grounds of the Davenport HouseGhost Tales
Saturday, September 25

 5:30 pm – House Tours Begin and Book Signing
7:00 pm - Spooky stories told by local storytellers on the grounds of the Colonel Davenport House 

Admission: $6 for adults; 12 and younger are free. 

Attendees age 16 and older must show U.S. photo I.D. since the Island is a working military facility.  Please enter through the Moline gate.  You don’t need any additional passes since this is an approved special event.

Enjoy the refreshments for sale.  Bring a mask to wear when inside the house.  Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket.  Costumes encouraged.

Local author Gena Schantz will kick off the stories with a reading from the book she wrote about George Davenport that was released last year.  The Trader at Rock Island: George Davenport and the Founding of the Quad Cities is the first and only biography ever written about the man for whom the city of Davenport is named.  Gena will be available to sign copies of her book starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Trader at Rock Island tells the story of George Davenport and his entry into the Indian trade and his eventual transition into services and businesses marketed toward the new settlers. After the Black Hawk War, Davenport promoted land development as the frontier turned from Indian land to commercial centers of industry. By the time of Davenport's murder in 1845, the cities now known today as the Quad Cities in Iowa and Illinois were in their infancy.


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