Colonel Davenport Historic Site, Rock Island, IL - JUL 2010

Back view


Tinky Winky on a model in the back yard.

TW same location real front porch
His Federal Style house built in 1833, is made of logs with pine clapboards as the finish. Later the East and West wings were added using standard frame construction. 

View from front steps
This was a small but impressive museum. I had a personal guide who walked me through the house giving me descriptions of all items and the history of the Colonel.

TW finds playmates inside




On the left is a sugar cone and on the right is celery which required its' own special, crystal vase.
The mirror over the fireplace was for reflecting light, that is why it is hung high and made of a poor quality glass. Small mirrors of high quality were called a looking glass.
Lace curtains acted as window screens helping to keep flies outside.
Not feeling well, the Colonel stayed home, on July 4th, 1845, while everyone attended the big Independence Day celebration.  A gang of robbers chose that day to rob his house, thinking the place would be empty and there would be a large sum of money in the safe. Wrong on both counts, they were surprised by Davenport. They shot him in the leg, forced him to open safe where there was only a small amount of money. They dragged the Colonel into his bedroom, beat him unconscious and left him for dead. Some fishermen heard his calls for help and rushed to bring his family and a doctor back from the Fourth of July picnic. Colonel Davenport had a photographic memory which allowed him to give a thorough description of the robbers including the serial numbers of the stolen bills. His injuries were so severe, he died later that night.

There was an impressive fur trade display in the second bedroom.



A buck was worth one credit and a smaller doe was half that value. This is why a dollar is called a buck.
Blankets used in trade were marked with lines to represent their value. On the left a ruff blanket is worth 3 bucks and a doe while the smooth blanket on the right is worth 4 bucks.
When George Davenport set up his home, he had the Army move his family from back East, a wife, twenty years older and her two children.

Surprisingly, it was the daughter, his own age, who later became the mother of his two children.  Sounds like George found a clever way to have the Army, which only moves immediate family members, move his extended family (mother and brother in-law).