Here at Farmers Guest House in historic Galena, our many repeat guests occasionally ask for something to do during the week in the Galena area that is different than what they have done on a previous visit. Recently a guest reminded me of the Apple River Fort Historic Site just up the road about 20 minutes from downtown Galena.
The Apple River Fort was the site of an important battle during the Black Hawk War during the summer of 1832. On June 24th, of that summer, the settlers at the fort turned back an attack by some 200 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.
The Apple River Fort, like many historic sites, is closed on Monday and Tuesday, but is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday all season long for self-guided tours and frequently offers living history activities. For only $4 for adults, this is a great way to spend an afternoon experiencing life like our early settlers.