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Apple River Fort

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Address: 311 E. Myrtle, Elizabeth, IL
Phone Number: 815.858.2028
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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A must if you like history

Great little museum and fort. Fascinating story about how/why the fort was built and the role it played in settling northwest Illinois. The town, Elizabeth, was named after one of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 7, 2015
Patt H
Grayslake, Illinois
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Grayslake, Illinois
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Great little museum and fort. Fascinating story about how/why the fort was built and the role it played in settling northwest Illinois. The town, Elizabeth, was named after one of the women who defended the fort against attack by Blackhawk and his warriors.

Thank Patt H
Galena, Illinois
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Apple River Fort is a historic site located in charming downtown Elizabeth, IL. There is a store and exhibit space when you enter, with staff members who can give you a great education about the fort, it's history, and why the town is named Elizabeth. Great family experience with the kids, too. Especially fun to then tour the fort which... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

While driving through town we stumbled across the Fort. There were people there that were demonstrating activities and answering questions. You could walk around the fort at your leisure. Your time here will be short but well worth it to see the old fort.

1 Thank DMGWisconsin
Galena, Illinois
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

What a great place to stop for a little history. The fort is my favorite but the interpretive center is pretty cool too!!

1 Thank Brierwreath
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

enjoyed learning about the history of the fort, the living museum was a quick walk from the main bldg (or you can drive). Glad we stopped

1 Thank sokrmom
Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We were lucky to attend the fort's first candle lit tour held on October 25th! It was such a great experience ! The reenactors were fantastic and so knowledgable about life in the fort. The candle light added an authentic touch that helped bring the fort's history life. I hope the fort continues with evenings like that as I think... More 

Thank Christina J
Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This small historical site includes a visitor center with information about the site, and a short walk to a reproduction of the fort itself - a reproduction of a "civilian fort" of the 1830s. The visitor center has a clear, even-handed presentation of information on Apple River Fort's role during the Black Hawk wars, but the highlight is the reproduction... More 

2 Thank Maureen H
Chicago, Illinois
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169 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 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 

3 Thank cdub333
Springfield, Illinois
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 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 

1 Thank KCDouglas
Ware, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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