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. 

Thursday through Sunday
9:00am - 4:00pm​
Closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
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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 so long as the access road remains clear, the reconstructed Fort remains open for self-guided tours Thursday 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.​​
Christmas in the Village
Elizabeth, Illinois
Saturday, December 5

Apple River Fort State Historic Site
Interpretive Center
311 East Myrtle Street

10am - 3pm

In cooperation with the Elizabeth, IL Chamber of Commerce annual event, “Christmas in the Village," the Apple River Fort SHS will provide holiday atmosphere with seasonal music and host a baked items and small home-made gifts sale at the Interpretive Center (311 E. Myrtle St.). Costumed history interpreters will also participate with interactive impressions and activities.​​​​​​​​​​