Apple River Fort offers informative events May 2-4

Online Staff Report

ELIZABETH, Ill. — The Apple River Fort State Historic Site is preparing for three special events on May 2-4.

Friday, May 2, is Education Day. More than 200 school children will spend an afternoon at the Apple River Fort learning about life in the 1830s. Children will learn about a trading post and cabin life, will drill with the 1830s Illinois Militia, hear Native American stories and learn what life was like for the Native Americans, and will attend an 1830s-style classroom. Registration is required for the Education Day event, and interested teachers should call the fort at (815) 858-2028 for more details.

The public is invited to the free special event “Clouds of War” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 2. Learn how the settlers prepared for the possibility of war with militia drills, cartridge making, firewood splitting and rail making. All men older than 18 were required to join the militia, so visiting men (and women and children!) will be asked to chip in and help with the war preparations.

Think about the everyday skills we take for granted in 2014. Almost everyone knows how to use a cell phone, drive a car and use a microwave. Do you know the basic survival skills that they took for granted in the 1830s? From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 4, visitors are invited to “Pioneer Survival Skills,” a free special event to learn how to build a fire, start a fire with flint and steel, sharpen a knife, cook at a hearth, load a musket and stuff a bed tick.

The Apple River Fort State Historic Site is along U.S. Route 20 (about 20 minutes east of Galena, Ill.) at 311 E. Myrtle St., Elizabeth, Ill. For more information, visit The Apple River Fort State Historic Site is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (

Posted April 30, 2014

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