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Address: 311 E Myrtle St, Elizabeth, IL 61028-8021
Phone Number: 815.858.2028
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Wed - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Interesting account of the Black Hawk War. Very imformative bit of Illinois history. Unfortunately we were there on a weekday and most interactive stuff in on the weekends.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Deborah J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting account of the Black Hawk War. Very imformative bit of Illinois history. Unfortunately we were there on a weekday and most interactive stuff in on the weekends.

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Thank Deborah J
Peru, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

While on the way up to Galena to see Grant's home we went to the fort. I wasn't expecting much but it showed how life was back during the Blackhawk War. There was staff there in period clothing so it was a more authentic setting. The visitor center is nice as it has exhibits on the war and area history.... More 

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Thank John W
West Bend, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

At the Interpretive Center, there were many displays telling about the history of the fort as well as background on Black Hawk and his battles, including a video of the re-enactment that takes place at the fort. One elderly gentleman at the Center was quick to tell us that he was one of the actors. The fort would definitely be... More 

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Thank Diane S
Grayslake, Illinois
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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.

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Thank Patt H
Barneveld, Wisconsin
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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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Wisconsin
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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.

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Galena, Illinois
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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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1 Thank Brierwreath
Illinois
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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

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Chicago, Illinois
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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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Thank Christina J
Chicago, Illinois
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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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