Apple River Fort

How to Experience Apple River Fort to the Fullest

If want to learn more about the history of our area, plan your visit to the Apple River Fort. This important site of our state’s history is situated at the end of the Old Fort Road and is located on the outskirts of the Apple River Canyon State Park. Now, the Apple River Fort State Historic Site is the official name, and you can tour year-round Wednesday through Sunday. Whether you are a history scholar or just have a thirst for knowledge, a trip to the quaint town of Elizabeth, IL, will make a splendid addition to your getaway!  

Are you planning to visit historic sites like the Apple River Fort on your vacation? When you request a copy of our free Vacation Guide, you’ll find our recommendations for our favorite outdoor adventures, local eateries, and wonderful shopping. Our guide also features the rustic accommodations and comfortable amenities at Farmers Guest House!

A Snapshot of Your Apple River Fort Experience

With a myriad of outdoor activities to enjoy in our area, you’re sure to discover the perfect places to delight in our natural beauty. Read over our local insights and find out everything you need to know before visiting the Apple River Fort.

The Historical Significance of This Site

In 1832, the 16-week Black Hawk War took place on the hilly landscape of our northwestern corner of Illinois. It was fought between a small militia of about 70 soldiers and 200 warriors from the Sac Indian Tribe led by Black Hawk. The rural army defended the Apple River Fort from threatening forces, and now, it stands as a landmark to commemorate the militia’s victory. In fact, American figures like Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and General Winfield Scott were involved in this battle!

What You’ll See

As you walk this National Register of Historic Places destination, meander through the recently restored site. It’s constructed with logs and showcases the rural lifestyle of the 19th century. Items include dining furniture, lamps, a replica of a bed, stone-covered fireplace, wood-burning stove, and metal irons. Each one provides a glimpse into the lives of the early settlers. When you tour, bring your camera and photograph your experience!

Want to Remember Your Time

Once you’ve explored the Apple River Fort, make the quick trip back to the Interpretative Center on Main Street. The friendly faces of the staff welcome you as well as a scaled replica of this site, a video of the battle of the fort playing, little-known facts about the Apple River Fort, and antiques from the 19th century. After you browse the exhibits, check out the selection of memorabilia, including t-shirts, books about Galena, and other trinkets.

Reflect on Your Day at Farmers Guest House

Once you learn more about our Northwestern corner of Illinois, make the scenic 15-mile drive from the Apple River Fort to Farmers Guest House. Our rustic bed and breakfast is close to many beloved Galena, IL, attractions and offers nine beautifully appointed guest rooms. We invite you to browse our gorgeous selection of stunning accommodations and reserve the ideal one for your vacation.

As you browse our relaxing retreats, consider booking our Malvina Room. This charming hideaway is named after the wife of Civil War General Jasper Adalmorn Maltby. From the moment you walk through the doorway, you’ll be delighted by the inviting shades of blue complemented by floral designs. After a long day of exploring, pamper yourself in the spa-like bathroom or lounge in the comfortable king bed. When you peer out the large windows, you will have a bird’s eye view of our backyard gardens! Wake up each morning and indulge in our signature breakfast crafted by Susan Steffan, the owner and the “Breakfast Diva.”

We can’t wait to host you in Galena this year!