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.

Upcoming Events

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.

October 17 - Winter Hours Begin

Beginning on Wednesday, October 17th, the site will begin its winter hours. The site will be open to the public from 9 am to 4 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Winter hours will run through the end of April 2019.

December 1 - Christmas at the Fort - 10 am to 3 pm

Join us at the Fort for an 1832 style Christmas! Learn about the "strange" German Christmas tradition—a decorated fir tree inside the house. Enjoy historic toys, treats, and songs and try your hand at haggling at the local trading post. Also, be sure to stop by the interpretive center for Christmas crafts for kids and special holiday items in our gift shop.