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Address: 311 E. Myrtle, Elizabeth, IL
Phone Number: 815.858.2028
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Apple River Fort Elizabeth Illinois

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
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Galena, Illinois
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Galena, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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!!

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Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 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

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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 

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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 

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Chicago, Illinois
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151 reviews 151 reviews
41 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 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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Streator, Illinois
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131 reviews 131 reviews
28 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Navarre, Florida
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207 reviews 207 reviews
35 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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Additional Information about Apple River Fort

Address: Address: 311 E. Myrtle, Elizabeth, IL
Phone Number: 815.858.2028
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Elizabeth
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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