It was informative and comprehensive with lots of input from the staff present. The information in the main room was supplemented by looking at the fort interior.
Stopped here on the way to Galena. Took a tour of the visitors museum in a old house on the way to the fort. Was a bit of a walk to the recreated fort: but it was a nice day and we needed the exercise anyway. Amazing how so many people lived in 3 small buildings and fought off an... More
We stumbled across this sight while looking for a restaurant. What a find! Knowledgeable staff, learned a lot about historic events that we were completely unaware of! Staff in museum/office were excellent, reenacters a tad long winded, but passionate and well informed.
My image of a "fort" was borne out of my lincoln log days and TV westerns. I have seen other military forts however this was my first fort (of course the replica) built by civilians for their safety in the early 1800s. It's 50' by 70'! One of the first buildings I walked into had a door on both sides... More
This is a reconstructed fort where a few people held off an attack from Indians. The original site of the fort is here, but the reconstructed one is built beside it. Be sure and visit the visitors' center/museum to learn the history of this place. Very good, educational stop on our road trip!
It's definitely worth a see, especially if you have kids. It's such a small, well-structured fort that the kids really feel like they are able to role play. However, the docent there was insensitive, aggressive and verbose, so be careful that you didn't spend a half a day there listening her drone on and on about gore and violence. She... More
There is a nice small visitors center with a few artifacts and a nice video. It's a block or two walk to the fort, a good reproduction aside the original foundation. You can enter the buildings and climb the ladders, good for kids, even us older ones. The guides are small town friendly and knowledgeable. No fee, but a donation... More
I have visited the Apple River Fort many times and would definitely go back if I had a chance. The fort is a precise remodel of the original from the are. The visit is complete with a small museum of artifacts and a short video depicting the history of the town and the fort. From the museum/welcome building you can... More
Went there for a re-inactment weekend and was amazed by the quality of the portrayal by local talent accurate information and interesting as well. Don't miss their events, fantastic!
Christmas in the village and Christmas at the fort were both worth the stop. We plan to come again for the other reenactment events and visit the shops of Elizabeth.
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