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Apple River Fort

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311 E Myrtle St, Elizabeth, IL 61028-8021
+1 815-858-2028
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Quaint

Driving through on way to Galena. I always stop for museums, love them. Small but nicely done... read more

Reviewed March 3, 2018
beentheredonethatia
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Davenport, Iowa
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The Apple River Fort is a reconstructed historic fort built near the remains of an old fort that... read more

Reviewed October 17, 2017
rockyjoe
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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311 E Myrtle St, Elizabeth, IL 61028-8021
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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.

Thank beentheredonethatia
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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

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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

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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

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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

Thank James W
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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

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Reviewed November 8, 2016

Chicago's Fort Dearborn is laid out in metal markers on Michigan Avenue overlooking the Chicago River and portrayed in paintings at the Chicago History Museum. But Apple River Fort still exists, a replica of the original that was one of the few forts attacked during...More

Thank Taylor B
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Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

Living History volunteers were informative, interesting and very welcoming for our party who ranged in age from 7 to 60! We learned about Native American culture and about the lives of the settlers who built and defended the fort. Definitely worth a stop!

Thank Carole M
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Reviewed September 6, 2016

I have visited many forts in my travels but this was the first fort I've visited in my home state. The staff at the interpretive center were very friendly and informative as were the "living history" volunteers at the fort. We stayed for about an...More

Thank Klikes2travel
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Reviewed August 20, 2016

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.

Thank Deborah J
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