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Apple River Fort State Historic Site

311 East Myrtle St.
Elizabeth IL 61028
Local: 815.858.2028


Explore life as early Jo Daviess County settlers lived it at Apple River Fort, a reconstructed Black Hawk War (1832) site.

On June 24, 1832, a small company of Illinois militia and their families successfully defended a small civilian-built fort against two hundred warriors led by the great Sac tribal leader known as Black Hawk. Today Apple River Fort State Historic Site, a Black Hawk War landmark, includes both an Interpretive Center and a reconstruction of the long-vanished fort and modeled upon findings of a 1995 archaeological dig.

Open Wed.-Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

- TOOLS OF THE TRADE - Sat.-Sun., Sept. 3-4 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Visit northwestern Illinois as it was in September 1832 and see various tools and implements that made life possible, even bearable, on the frontier. See and learn about the tools of First Nation and later American lead digging, carpentry, hunting and warfare, and domestic chores. Interpreters will guide you and your family through the fascinating world of 1832 Illinois at Apple River Fort State Historic Site.??