Experience the history of this reconstructed fort. The Apple River Fort was the site of an important battle during the Black Hawk War. It was the only fort attacked by Black Hawk during the turbulent summer of 1832. On June 24, 1832, the settlers at the fort turned back an attack by some 200 Sauk and Fox 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. Many notable men participated in the Black Hawk War including a young Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and General Winfield Scott. Abraham Lincoln and his militia company arrived at the fort the day after the battle.
Today, the fort has been reconstructed and is open for self - guided tours. Special events throughout the year highlight many aspects of life in Jo Daviess County in 1832.
Admission: Donations suggested.
Hours: W-Su: 9am-4pm Apr.-Oct. - W-Su: 9am-5pm. Closed major holidays.
Address: Downtown, adjacent to Hwy. 20
Our Email: Info@appleriverfort.org
Wheelchair Accessible Facility
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