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. 

Wednesday through Sunday
9:00am - 5:00pm​
Closed Monday and Tuesday 
​​ ​
Weekends ​​​​​May - October
​Living History at the Fort
10:00am - 3:00​pm ​​​

NEW​​! Extended Hours
Beginning August 7, 2015,
​the Fort will be open
FIRST FRIDAY every month​
9:00AM - 7:00PM​​

​​Apple River Fort State Historic Site
311 East Myrtle Street
Elizabeth, Illinois

(815) 858-2028


Living History at the Fort: Making Patriotic
Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5
10am - 3pm
Throughout the month of July, we focus on Pioneer Young'uns. Children on the frontier helped clean, cook, tend to animals, watch their siblings, and much more. But they also had opportunities to make toys, play games, and explore the countryside. Visitors young and old will be invited to engage in such early 19th century activities.

This weekend, young visitors will have the opportunity to make their very own patriotic paper hats or yarn dolls​​ to take home and enjoy.