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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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Enlightening and fun site

Abraham Lincoln lived in this village when he first came to Illinois in the 1830s. Now, it's a... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2015
Bruce W
via mobile
Peaceful historic site

This historical site is well worth the trip. The docents are helpful and share historical... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2015
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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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  • Average6%
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15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675-6010
+1 217-632-4000
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Reviewed 3 October 2015 via mobile

Abraham Lincoln lived in this village when he first came to Illinois in the 1830s. Now, it's a living, outdoor museum with replica log cabins and period furnishings placed in their original foundations. What you see, then, is pretty much what Lincoln saw there every...More

1  Thank Bruce W
Reviewed 28 September 2015

This historical site is well worth the trip. The docents are helpful and share historical information about young Lincoln's years at this small community. It is a bucolic setting, and on a beautiful fall day, such as we had, it was a wonderful outside stroll.

Thank MMSaad
Reviewed 20 September 2015

Definitely stop here and plan on spending maybe three to four hours checking everything out. First, stop at the visitor's center and watch a short film which provides a history of the community. Some of the buildings are open and visitors are able to walk...More

Thank aeh0912
Reviewed 15 September 2015

This was our first stop in a Lincoln-centered visit to Springfield, and it was amazing! After watching an orientation film that was very well done, we had lunch in the cafe. We walked around the reconstructed village where Lincoln lived and worked upon arriving in...More

Thank LSU1976
Reviewed 8 September 2015

I am from this area and still make the occasional trip back to New Salem. I always enjoy the scenic walk and the important history behind the old town. It's free and something good for kids and adults.

Thank Corie G
Reviewed 4 September 2015

Of course, it is very historical as Abraham Lincoln settled there when he first came to Illinois. This village has been reconstructed as a replica of how it was when Lincoln lived there. There are interrupters dressed in period costume throughout the village. There is...More

Thank EWL60
Reviewed 4 September 2015

We stopped on a rainy Sunday. Could have been more docents available but the ones on site were very knowledgeable. Gift shop has wide variety of items priced for kids as well as adults. The crops grown in gardens and the field are indicative of...More

Thank Gene G
Reviewed 21 August 2015

It is a free park(which in itself is unusual) they do take donations. After a brief video the park is a nice recreation. Building are spaced well and you do get the feel for what these people went through in the 1860's. Take you time...More

1  Thank tom r
Reviewed 16 August 2015

This was my third trip there in thirty years (my last visit was in 2009). For any Lincoln buff, it's nice to be able to see where he lived in his years between leaving his parent's home and heading to Springfield. Although all but one...More

1  Thank Jackson B
Reviewed 10 August 2015

We visited on the way to St Louis and found it easily enough using a map. Very nice welcome centre and we found it all very quite not too many people so nice to move around quite a big area. Reconstructions of the houses and...More

2  Thank Nick M
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16 May 2017|
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Response from MurdocNiccals | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, we ended up eating in nearby Petersburg.
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
10 June 2016|
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Response from M M | Reviewed this property |
A little late to the party with my answer, but as others have mentioned, it would be good to plan on a few hours. You can see it in less time, but there are a lot of cabins with information to read about each. I also agree... More

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