Apple River Fort State Historic Site

Elizabeth, Illinois  USA

Plan A Visit


Come for a special event, visit during open hours, or even stop by while we're closed!

Special Events


Special Events are, well, special!   See the Fort come alive!



Doesn't it look like our volunteers have a great time interpreting history?  They do!


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.


May to October

Wednesday through Sunday
9 am - 5 pm​

November to April

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

9 am to 4 pm

​Our Visitor Center features friendly, knowledgeable staff plus exhibits, a gift shop, and a short dramatic video. The ​restored Fort is open for self-guided tours.

Apple River Fort

Black Hawk War, 1832