Apple River Fort State Historic Site

Apple River Fort was a defensive stockade built during the 1832 Black Hawk War to protect settlements along the Apple River in Jo Daviess County, Illinois. The Fort shares its story through living history programs from May through October. The Interpretive Center is available throughout the year with displays depicting lead mining and native life.

311 E. Myrtle St., Elizabeth, IL


Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum

The Depot museum is located in a former Chicago Great Western Railway station and focuses on the the railroads of northwestern Illinois, prioritizing the Chicago Great Western. The Depot Museum also has an extensive library with over one-thousand railroad books and thousands of railroad artifacts displayed in the museum's collection.

111 E. Myrtle Street, Elizabeth, IL


Dittmar Farms

Family owned and operated farm since 1854! Specializing in sweet corn, apples and pumpkins. Visit them in the fall for their pumpkin patch, apple orchard, and many more attractions!

256 S. Grebner Rd., Elizabeth, IL


Elizabeth History Museum

The museum houses over four-thousand local history artifacts inluding exhibits on lead mining and farming. Many special exhibits hold local flavor with artifacts from area businesses, schools, and churches. Also home to an extensive collection of military artifacts, featuring numerous items from local veterans.

110 E. Myrtle Street, Elizabeth, IL


Massbach Ridge Winery

Massbach Ridge Winery has been crafting estate grown wines since 2003. With a diverse selection of estate-grown Illinois wine.

8837 S. Massbach Rd., Elizabeth, IL


Galena, IL

Galena, Illinois

Visit historic Galena, just 19 minutes west of Elizabeth.

Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Freedom Fest

Jul 01

Freedom Fest
4-10 pm | Terrapin Park
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Fourth at the Fort

Jul 04

Fourth at the Fort
Noon - 2:00 pm
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Elizabeth Community Fair

Jul 19-Jul 21

Elizabeth Community Fair
Fri-Sun | Parade Sat 11 am
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Best Scenic Drive in Northern Illinois

llinois Country Living readers declare Illinois State Route 84 the Best Scenic Drive in Northern Illinois! Route 84 follows the Mississippi River and runs through three cities in Galena Country, including Hanover, Village of Elizabeth, Illinois and Galena. This 2-lane scenic route is known for its hills and curves, making it a favorite for car enthusiasts and motorcyclists.