Welcome to the Apple River Fort State Historic Site. Nestled in the rolling hills of northwest Illinois, the Apple River Fort stands against the weather to tell an epic historic tale of the 1832 Black Hawk War. 

Wednesday through Sunday
9:00am - 5:00pm​
Closed Monday and Tuesday 
​​ ​
Weekends ​​​​​May - October
​Living History at the Fort
10:00am - 3:00​pm ​​​

NEW​​! Extended Hours
Beginning August 7, 2015,
​the Fort will be open
FIRST FRIDAY every month​
9:00AM - 7:00PM​​

​​Apple River Fort State Historic Site
311 East Myrtle Street
Elizabeth, Illinois

(815) 858-2028


Living History at the Fort: Pioneer Young'uns
Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26
10am - 3pm
Throughout the month of July, we've focused on Pioneer Young'uns, offering young visitors opportunities to play 19th-century games -- after they've finished chores, of course!

*Living history activities at our outdoor site are subject to weather conditions -- but come rain or shine, the reconstructed Fort remains open for self-guided tours Wednesday through Sunday. Be sure to stop by our Interpretive Center on Highway 20/Main Street!