Davenport Historical Society

Welcome Back, Snow Birds!

If you live outside of Florida during the summer months and come here to “winter,” welcome. You are officially a snow bird, and just the person we’d like to see attend our first Welcome Back Snow Birds event. Wednesday, November 30 @ 11 AM @ The Museum. Snacks, fresh fruit, and refreshments will be served.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Davenport Historical Society, Inc. (DHS) to preserve the city’s history and share this heritage by contributing to the records of the state of Florida and the United States of America in an effort that will embrace our past while working toward a brighter future for all of Davenport’s citizens.

The Museum is open. 

Wednesday – 10 AM to 4 PM
Thursday & Friday – 10 AM to 3 PM
Saturday – 10 AM to 2 PM

DHS meets the 2nd Monday
of each Month at
10:00 AM in the Peter Rust Civic Center/Museum, 5 South Allapaha Avenue, Davenport, FL 33837.

Call 863-557-3452 to confirm meeting details.

Docent-Led Historic Walking Tours



State of the Society Address 2022

President’s Message

Hello Members:

October 1, 2022 starts the new year for the Davenport Historical Society. Please renew your membership dues or if you wish to become a new member, mail to:

DHS, PO Box 774, Davenport, FL 33836

We are looking for artifacts. When donating artifacts please include who is contributing and a contact phone number. Please drop artifacts at Linda’s Hair Center in The Mart.

Call 863-514-0886.

Membership Invitation

Please join us.

1. Become a member of DHS.

2. Share artifacts or personal stories with DHS.

3. Volunteer time to the DHS & Museum.

Click Here For Membership Form

Did You Know?

DHS founded the
Citrus Label Tour.

A Short History of the City of Davenport, Florida

Before 1883, in the center of Florida, on a ridge of rolling hills, crystal clear lakes and beautiful evergreen forests, a new town was about to be born. Two years earlier, most of the interior of Florida was swampy and not suitable for building homes. Friendly Seminole Indians still lived in the area. Hamilton Disston, a wealthy businessman from the north, bought four million acres of land from the government and dug canals from . . . Read More

Days to Winterfest








Davenport Historical Society