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Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675-6010
+1 217-632-4000
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a nice place for a fall day

these are re-creations of buildings that stood when Lincoln was a young man in New Salem. One... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
DES63640
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Farmington, Missouri
Illinois' Hidden Gem... and it's Free

This is truly a step back in time. Lincoln's New Salem is a great place to spend an afternoon... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2017
Cliff Q
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East Peoria, Illinois
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Lincoln's New Salem is a reproduction of 18th century New Salem, Illinois, where the ex-President once lived as a young man.
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15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675-6010
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+1 217-632-4000
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"visitor center"
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"period dress"
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"step back in time"
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"early life"
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"suggested donation"
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"salem village"
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"beautiful fall day"
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

these are re-creations of buildings that stood when Lincoln was a young man in New Salem. One building, the Cooperage, is original. Went on a weekday so most buildings were closed-though you can see thru doors. Very peaceful; beautiful trees and grounds. No admission fee,but...More

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

This is truly a step back in time. Lincoln's New Salem is a great place to spend an afternoon learning about the life of Lincoln growing up and life in New Salem. The interpreters are very knowledgeable and friendly. They are very interactive with the...More

Thank Cliff Q
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

My friends and I visited this park on the last day of our short vacation. The site is nicely done, handicapped accessible with a lot of places to stop,rest and contemplate the history documented in the park. A bit disappointed in the upkeep of the...More

Thank Mary L
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

I enjoyed New Salem much more than I thought I would. From the reconstructed buildings, to the people in period dress, you really did feel like you had stepped back in time. Everyone was very knowledgeable and added to the experience. Be sure to wear...More

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Visited this with my sister and her grandson, age 7, and had a wonderful time. It seems to me this site has improved since I was last their 25 years ago. We went on a Monday, so not many of the dwellings were open, but...More

Thank Karen D
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

If you need to get away for a few hours, I hardly recommend a trip to Lincoln 's New Salem. It's in the heart of Illinois, easy to find with very good parking and plenty of restaurants near by. I've been before but every time...More

1  Thank Les E
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

The many recreated buildings were very interesting to view. In addition, the setting in a forested area was a beautiful setting to walk through. It would have been better had there been more historic demonstrations and personnel to explain the buildings and overall site. When...More

2  Thank Bill M
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

This is the second time I have been to this site. Took my children when they were little and now we went back with them as grown children and my grandchild. Although I was disappointed that there wasn't much role play (maybe because it was...More

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Reviewed 14 July 2017

We went here during the day and enjoyed meeting volunteers dressed as characters of the time. I have been here a few times in my life, and yet every time I learn something. The kids usually enjoy it. We had a nice lunch in the...More

1  Thank alibarbaraMilwaukee
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

This was our families first time here. Lots of walking, lots of learning and showing my kids what life was like back in the day...had a huge impact on them. Realizing how grateful they are for the things they have. Tons of things to see,...More

Thank Kristina M
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Patti H
13 April 2018|
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Response from kgilbert78 | Reviewed this property |
The visitor's center is. There are paved paths between the buildings. However the buildings are historic, which means they were not designed for accessibility and to make them accessible could damage their historic... More
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MrsKuhn
16 May 2017|
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Response from MurdocNiccals | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, we ended up eating in nearby Petersburg.
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Shannon C
19 March 2017|
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Response from darrn59 | Reviewed this property |
The village is right next to the parking lot. I don't know exactly how long the village itself is. You can stop at each house/building and read about what it was used for. We went off season, so none of the buildings were... More
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