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Apple River Fort

311 E. Myrtle, Elizabeth, IL
815.858.2028
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Ranked #2 of 6 attractions in Elizabeth
Type: Historic Sites
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Chicago, Illinois
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107 reviews 107 reviews
26 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Apple River Fort is a nicely rebuilt fort on a magnificent site overlooking hilly northwest Illinois. If you're in the area, maybe headed to Galena, it's worth a side trip. It's much smaller than I expected. Three modest buildings and a palisades fence. Life in a fort in 19th Century Illinois must have been brutal: hostile locals and hostile weather.... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Very nice historic site which chronicles the time period and reasons leading up to the battle at the Apple River Fort with the local settlers against followers of the Sauk warrior, Black Hawk. Interpreter did a very nice and thorough job of explaining the history of the time and event. A 15 minute film was very well done with both... More

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Ware, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

It was informative and comprehensive with lots of input from the staff present. The information in the main room was supplemented by looking at the fort interior.

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Streator, Illinois
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96 reviews 96 reviews
22 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Stopped here on the way to Galena. Took a tour of the visitors museum in a old house on the way to the fort. Was a bit of a walk to the recreated fort: but it was a nice day and we needed the exercise anyway. Amazing how so many people lived in 3 small buildings and fought off an... More

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Oshkosh
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We stumbled across this sight while looking for a restaurant. What a find! Knowledgeable staff, learned a lot about historic events that we were completely unaware of! Staff in museum/office were excellent, reenacters a tad long winded, but passionate and well informed.

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De Kalb, Illinois
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148 reviews 148 reviews
31 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

My image of a "fort" was borne out of my lincoln log days and TV westerns. I have seen other military forts however this was my first fort (of course the replica) built by civilians for their safety in the early 1800s. It's 50' by 70'! One of the first buildings I walked into had a door on both sides... More

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Colt
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77 reviews 77 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

This is a reconstructed fort where a few people held off an attack from Indians. The original site of the fort is here, but the reconstructed one is built beside it. Be sure and visit the visitors' center/museum to learn the history of this place. Very good, educational stop on our road trip!

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
10 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

It's definitely worth a see, especially if you have kids. It's such a small, well-structured fort that the kids really feel like they are able to role play. However, the docent there was insensitive, aggressive and verbose, so be careful that you didn't spend a half a day there listening her drone on and on about gore and violence. She... More

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Sherwood, Wisconsin
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322 reviews 322 reviews
85 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

There is a nice small visitors center with a few artifacts and a nice video. It's a block or two walk to the fort, a good reproduction aside the original foundation. You can enter the buildings and climb the ladders, good for kids, even us older ones. The guides are small town friendly and knowledgeable. No fee, but a donation... More

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Camaiore, Italy
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

I have visited the Apple River Fort many times and would definitely go back if I had a chance. The fort is a precise remodel of the original from the are. The visit is complete with a small museum of artifacts and a short video depicting the history of the town and the fort. From the museum/welcome building you can... More

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