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: Hold It! (A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place)
Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2
10am - 3pm
Living History weekends at the Fort in August will focus on the articles people used to hold or contain their “stuff.” It was as important for early settlers as it is for us in the 21st century to keep belongings safe, organized, and easily accessible.

On August 1 and 2 we'll look at food containers -- from pantry boxes to bottles, from barrels to food pits. How might folks of the Apple River settlement have stored and preserved their food and condiments?

*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!