See the only fort attacked in the 1832 Black Hawk War

Visit the reconstructed Apple River Fort, the site of battle on June 24, 1832, where mainly women defended and save the fort against Black Hawk and 200 warriors. This growing antiques destination, plus storefront studios and galleries of local artists, round out the experience Elizabeth has to offer.

What makes Elizabeth, Illinois at must-see destination?

Elizabeth was the recipient of the 2010 Governor’s Home Town Award for its rich history and Midwestern culture. Home to five museums, numerous antique stores and multiple options for dining and shopping, Elizabeth captures all of the benefits of rural America, in addition to the advantages of being a 21st-century Main Street community. Learn more about the Heart of Jo Daviess County at Village of Elizabeth and Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce.

When is the best time to visit Apple River Fort?

Apple River Fort is open year-round from March-October on Wednesday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm. They change to winter hours from November-February, Thursday to Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm. It’s a must see family-friendly historical site. However if you want the full experience, stop by on a weekend from May to October, when the fort literally comes to life. Ongoing living history activities and special events take center-stage and tell the stories of both the settlers and the attacking Sac and Meskwaki. Visitors will also be able to participate in demonstrations and hands-on activities as well as interact with interpreters garbed in 1830s-style dress.

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