Davenport Historical Society

The Davenport Historical Society, Inc. purpose is 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.

Meets the 2nd Monday
of each Month at
10:00 am in the Peter Rust Civic Center, 5 South Allapaha Avenue, Davenport, FL 33837

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

No meetings
June, July, & August

Call 863-557-3452 to confirm meeting details.

The Historical Society museum is now open to the public. 

Wednesday – 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Thursday & Friday – 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Saturday – 10:00AM to 2:00PM

CLOSED Monday & Tuesday

Docent Historic Walking Tours Available

Membership Invitation

The Davenport Historical Society, Inc. purpose is 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.

Please join us. Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 10:00 am at the Peter Rust Civic Center, except June, July & August unless otherwise stated. For location email: rcastillo.dhs@yahoo.com

To confirm meetings, dial: 863-557-3452

1. Become a member of DHS
– $15.00 Individual Membership
– $18.00 Family Membership
– $35.00 Business Membership
– $75.00 Corporate Membership
– $100.00 Lifetime Individual Membership

2. Share artifacts or personal stories with DHS and Museum

3. Volunteer time to the DHS & Museum

Click Here For Membership Form

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 Lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee to Lake Okeechobee, and canals to Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers. This created many acres of rich farmland. . Read More

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Did you know?

The Davenport Historical Society founded the
Citrus Label Tour.

Davenport Historical Society