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. 

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 open 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.

​​​Open to Public
Wednesday through Sunday
9:00AM - 4:00PM​
Closed Monday and Tuesday 

Weekends ​​​​​May - October

​Living History at the Fort
10:00AM - 3:00PM​​​​​​ ​​​

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