May to October November to April
Wednesday through Sunday Friday & Saturday
9 am - 5 pm 9 am - 4 pm
Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated.
April 4 - Easter Sunrise Service - 7 am
Celebrate Easter with a special service given during sunrise in the Apple River Fort! On the 1830's frontier, many settlers, regardless of denomination, relied on traveling circuit clergy for their religious and spiritual needs. The service at the Fort will be presented by the United Methodist Church in Elizabeth, IL, and will be followed by a breakfast in the church basement. All faiths are welcome and everyone is encouraged to dress warmly. In case of inclement weather, a change of venue or cancellation is possible.
May 1 - Summer Hours Begin UPDATE--The site will remain on winter hours until further notice!
Beginning on Friday, May 1st, the site will begin its summer hours. The site will be open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm on Wednesday through Sunday. Summer hours will run through the end of October 2021.
November 1 - Winter Hours Begin
Beginning on Sunday, November 1st, the site will begin its winter hours. The site will be open to the public from 9 am to 4 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Winter hours will run through the end of April 2022.
*Check back regularly for updates about current and upcoming events!