Davenport Historical Society

Hall of Fame Inductees 2023 – Click to read more

Panera Fundraising Event

Coming in September: Fashion Through the Decades

Book Sale: Saturday, September 30

Matching Grant Challenge Met!

An anonymous donor offered to grant DHS $500 towards an important deck project. The rear entrance of the DHS’ Museum structure is missing a deck that would be useful in presenting outdoor activities and, most importantly, for handicap access. And, the good news is, we met our challenge and now have $1,000 towards our deck. Thank you donors!

The Museum is open to all. 

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

Docent-Led Historic Walking Tours



State of the Society Address 2022

President’s Message

Can you believe it?  The Davenport Historical Museum has completed its second year!  Ever since May of 2022, the Historical Society has brought quality exhibits and has educated many new residents on the overwhelming historical facts about our city.

The response from the Pioneers of Davenport who have participated with the “Front Porch Memories” has been wonderful and quite an eye-opener.  We are in the process of editing our first three sessions and hope to have them available soon. Memoires of the pioneers are important to us and part of preserving history.

Again, a special thanks to our partners, volunteers and visitors who have come by the museum.  Don’t forget to come in to see the “Little Gallery” that features artists from the area around Davenport.

Freida Priest, President of DHS

Membership Invitation

Please join us.

  • Become a member of DHS.
  • Share artifacts or personal stories with DHS.
  • Volunteer time to the DHS & Museum.

Click Here For Membership Form

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Davenport Historical Society, Inc. (DHS) to preserve the city’s history and share this heritage by contribut-ing 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.


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

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