Apple River Fort
The Apple River Fort, located in Elizabeth Illinois, just 15 minutes from Galena, Illinois is rich in Galena history. Due to its rich archaelogical artifacts and historical significance, the Apple River Fort site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the official federal list of districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects significant in American history. Throughout the year, special events are hosted at Apple River Fort. Living History Weekends recreating various aspects of frontier life are demonstrated at Apple River Fort. Other special events include a historic sunrise Easter service, Cabin Fever Jubilee, Independence Day Celebration and Keeping Christmas. All events are free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public, however donations are always appreciated. For a complete listing of events please visit www.appleriverfort.org or call 815-858-2028.
Apple River Fort is easy to locate. Take Highway 20 to Elizabeth, Illinois. Go east on Myrtle/Apple River Road. Turn right into parking lot. Start your tour in the Interpretive Center. The fort is located 1/4 mile behind the Interpretive Center. Hours of Operation are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily April 15- September 4. From October 1- April 15 the fort is open Wednesday- Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Apple River Fort was the site of an important battle during the Black Hawk War. It was the only fort attacked by Black Hawk during the turbulent summer of 1832. On June 24, 1832, the settlers at the fort turned back an attack by some 200 Sauk and Fox warriors led by Black Hawk. The war which lasted only 16 weeks, ended the threat of Indian attacks in the area and opened the region to further settlement.
Many notable men participated in the Black Hawk War including a young Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davies and General Winfield Scott.