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Apple River Fort

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Amazing Fort

An old fort in amazing condition located in the small town of Elizabeth. Didn't cost anything and... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Judy H
Rutland, United States
Nice historical site

This is a nice historical site just a couple of miles of the US 20 West. Worhwhile the little... read more

Reviewed August 16, 2018
Limburg Province, The Netherlands
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

An old fort in amazing condition located in the small town of Elizabeth. Didn't cost anything and was able to walk around and look at everything.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Judy H
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

This is a nice historical site just a couple of miles of the US 20 West. Worhwhile the little detour. Small site but very fascinating that in the 1830’s about 45 men and women held off about 200 Faux warriors of Black Hawk. Imagine how...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Great place with lots of history. They do regular “living history days” with staff dressed up true to the time period. They also have a small building with staff and things for tourists. Also a good spot for a walk anytime.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Audra I
Reviewed July 25, 2018

The Apple River Fort really is two pieces of a greater whole. Just off the main street area is the Interpretive Center, where you can get some information and answers to questions about the Fort and surrounding area's history. The physical fort itself is up...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Dr_Xaos
Reviewed March 3, 2018

Driving through on way to Galena. I always stop for museums, love them. Small but nicely done. Older volunteers inside passionate and friendly. So glad that places like this still exist.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank beentheredonethatia
Reviewed October 17, 2017

The Apple River Fort is a reconstructed historic fort built near the remains of an old fort that was used in 1832 to defend the nearby citizens against about 200 Black Hawk Warriors. A small group of about 33 local militia soldiers and about 40...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank rockyjoe
Reviewed August 21, 2017

Apple River Fort, known today as the Apple River Fort State Historic Site, was one of many frontier forts hastily constructed by settlers in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin following the onset of the Black Hawk War in 1832. Located at 311 East Myrtle Street...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Taylor B
Reviewed July 24, 2017

The Interpretive Center and Fort are open 9 to 5 Wednesday through Sunday April 1 to October 31. Start at the Interpretive Center (which also has some books and gifts available for purchase). The woman there can help you understand the background of this battle...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank RobertW2h483MD
Reviewed June 17, 2017 via mobile

Great recreated historic fort from the Black Hawk wars. This fort has the distinction of being the only civilian fort attacked during the war. The staff at the interperatve center were great and provided a lot of history for the location. This location is a...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank James W
Reviewed June 16, 2017

Interpretive center staff were most informative and helpful. Lots of information on Chief Blackhawk and the forts role during the Blackhawk war. Seeing the actual fort gives one a better appreciation of what the settlers had and how it served the community. Kids will enjoy...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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