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Apple River Fort

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Recalling the history of the Black Hawk War

Chicago's Fort Dearborn is laid out in metal markers on Michigan Avenue overlooking the Chicago... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2016
Taylor B
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Chicago, Illinois
Great History Lesson

Living History volunteers were informative, interesting and very welcoming for our party who ranged... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2016
Carole M
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Reviewed 8 November 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

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Reviewed 16 October 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
Reviewed 6 September 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

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Reviewed 20 August 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
Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

While on the way up to Galena to see Grant's home we went to the fort. I wasn't expecting much but it showed how life was back during the Blackhawk War. There was staff there in period clothing so it was a more authentic setting....More

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Reviewed 1 April 2016

At the Interpretive Center, there were many displays telling about the history of the fort as well as background on Black Hawk and his battles, including a video of the re-enactment that takes place at the fort. One elderly gentleman at the Center was quick...More

Thank Diane S
Reviewed 8 December 2015

Great little museum and fort. Fascinating story about how/why the fort was built and the role it played in settling northwest Illinois. The town, Elizabeth, was named after one of the women who defended the fort against attack by Blackhawk and his warriors.

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Reviewed 29 September 2015

Apple River Fort is a historic site located in charming downtown Elizabeth, IL. There is a store and exhibit space when you enter, with staff members who can give you a great education about the fort, it's history, and why the town is named Elizabeth....More

Thank savory-toothed-tiger
Reviewed 23 August 2015

While driving through town we stumbled across the Fort. There were people there that were demonstrating activities and answering questions. You could walk around the fort at your leisure. Your time here will be short but well worth it to see the old fort.

1  Thank DMGWisconsin
Reviewed 15 June 2015

What a great place to stop for a little history. The fort is my favorite but the interpretive center is pretty cool too!!

1  Thank Brierwreath
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