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 
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Weekends ​​​​​May - October
​Living History at the Fort
10:00am - 3:00​pm ​​​

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

(815) 858-2028


*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!
Apple River Fort is a State of Illinois Historic Site.

This is the website of the Apple River Fort Historic Foundation, Inc.​​
Living History at the Fort: Breadmaking
​​ Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11
10am - 3pm

Ovens weren’t generally found in the simpler homes of the earliest settlers of Jo Daviess County, but cooks had other ways of baking bread. Join us the weekend of October 10 and 11 to learn about bread making and baking in a bake kettle (Dutch oven) and to sample authentic breads and baked goods inspired by period recipes.