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This is a nice historical site just a couple of miles of the US 20 West. Worhwhile the little detour. Small site but very fascinating that in the 1830’s about 45 men and women held off about 200 Faux warriors of Black Hawk. Imagine how...More
Great place with lots of history. They do regular “living history days” with staff dressed up true to the time period. They also have a small building with staff and things for tourists. Also a good spot for a walk anytime.
The Apple River Fort really is two pieces of a greater whole. Just off the main street area is the Interpretive Center, where you can get some information and answers to questions about the Fort and surrounding area's history. The physical fort itself is up...More
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
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
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
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
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
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