Apple River Fort State Historic Site

Elizabeth, Illinois  USA

open hours & special Events


May to October

Wednesday through Sunday
9 am - 5 pm​

November to April

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

9 am to 4 pm

Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated.

2018 Special Events

July 21 - Elizabeth Sesquicentennial - 10 am to 4 pm

Celebrate 150 years since the founding of the town of Elizabeth.

August 11 - Gathering of the Elizabeths - 10 am to 4 pm

In 1832 the women of the Apple River Settlement (later named Elizabeth) were instrumental in the defense of the Apple River Fort during an attack by Black Hawk and 200 of his braves. Three of these women were named Elizabeth, hence the town’s name. (Just which of the three Elizabeths was the town named after? That depends on which family you ask!) Registration for "Elizabeths" starts at 9AM with festivities starting at 11AM with a group picture and crowning of “Queen Elizabeth”. The cost for pre-registration for those named Elizabeth is $20.00 and includes a collectible bag, a t-shirt, many “Elizabeth” themed goodies and free admission to the Midwest Garlic Fest. Shops and restaurants will also have specials for the Gathering of Elizabeths participants. To register visit the Village of Elizabeth website. Living history activities will take place at the Apple River Fort from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission to the Apple River Fort is free . . . whether your name is Elizabeth or not!

October 3 - Historic Route 20 Presentation - 7 pm

Join author Bryan Farr as he shares the scoop on some of the interesting people and places along America's Longest Highway, US Route 20! Learn about the Route 20 Witch, the northern town that left the union during the Civil War, why Lincoln grew his beard, and more!  This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.

December 1 - Christmas at the Fort - 10 am to 4 pm

See how Christmas was celebrated in the 1830s.