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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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Educational and Entertaining

We went here during the day and enjoyed meeting volunteers dressed as characters of the time. I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
What a great learning experience!

This was our families first time here. Lots of walking, lots of learning and showing my kids what... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kristina M
Lombard, 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.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675-6010
+1 217-632-4000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank alibarbaraMilwaukee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful place to tour. Many interpreters explain the stories of the village and residents of Lincolns day Stroll at your own pace; helps you better understand Lincoln!

Thank Deggto
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Run don't walk to visit. Watch Young Mr. Lincoln from 1939 or DW Griffin's 1930 Lincoln to really appreciate the area even more.

Thank Larry K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

See what life was life like for a young Abraham Lincoln. He endured tough times here. It helped mold him into the person he became. Great for families.

Thank garydra
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you really want to learn and walk in Lincolns shoes you HAVE to stop here first. its like walking back in time and its just like it was in his time. the staff dressed in period attire just add to the experience. If you...More

Thank Ron H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have stopped a half dozen times now and each visit was a little different (weather, time of day, which interpreters etc ). This trip we took our 13 year old granddaughter and she loved it. The weather was perfect- 80 and breezy. Unfortunately we...More

Thank Grmabear
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very educational site and a great represention of that period in time. The on site interpretive speakers are very informative. A must see if in the area.

Thank 4travel_bug2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our last stop on a 2 day trip to see Lincoln sites and it was one of our favorites. It's much larger than I thought and each reconstructed cabin has informational plaques. Two stores Lincoln owned or co-owned are here and we were...More

Thank maldenmusic
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The stories of his first store, of wrestling Jack Armstrong, of Anne Rutledge, of his many different jobs before becoming a lawyer, and more are all here. See where Lincoln forged his character into the great man he became. Staffed by great volunteers and well...More

Thank Richard S
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15 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