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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. 


The Fort shares its story through living history programs from May through October. The daily tasks of early pioneers come to life through engaging historical interpreters.

The Apple River Fort Interpretive Center is available throughout the year with displays depicting lead mining and native life. Artifacts from an archaeological dig of the fort are available to view along with a movie dramatizing the historic battle at the Fort.



Photo Credit: Janice Myelle
May - October

​Living History at the Fort on Weekends
10:00AM - 4:00PM​​​​​​

Closed Monday through Wednesday
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Open to Public
Thursday through Sunday 
9:00AM - 4:00PM​
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Stop by the Fort on a weekend this summer and you may catch the enticing aroma of a hearth cooked meal, learn how to make candles, join in a rousing game of Townball or even become a militia recruit! 


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Photo Credit: Janice Myelle
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