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 at the Fort: Hold It! (A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place)
Saturday and Sunday, August 29 and 30 
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 29 and 30 we wrap up the month with a focus on The Cheap Bandbox -- a lightweight, utilitarian container made in a variety of sizes. Lined with newspaper and decorated with wallpaper, the bandbox served as an attractive, portable travel container and household organizer.

*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.​​
Tools of the Trade
Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6
10am - 3pm
​This Labor Day weekend, experience how our region’s American settlers and native Sauk people “worked to live” in the early 1800s as interpreters in period garb demonstrate tools and skills of everyday life. Learn about farming, mining, hunting, and cooking implements. Join us as we make lead balls, bake our daily bread, and more. And play the “Guess What?” game to win a redeemable candy coupon!


​​​​Enjoy an evening of 1832-style entertainment at our 2015 Harvest Supper! Noted chef and culinary historian Terry Sorchy and his crew will once again stage a multi-course tasting extravaganza featuring recipes, ingredients, and utensils typical of the early 1800s.

​Seating for this unique event is very limited. Last year's Harvest Supper sold out quickly, so be sure to reserve your tickets soon.

​Call 815-858-2028 for details and reservations.