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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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Trip back in time

Excellent display of the old village. Shaded walkways and informative docents. Take the time to... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
West Bend, Wisconsin
This is the Place to Begin Your Lincoln Tour

This rates as a "gem" among the Illinois State Parks. The feeling of going back to Lincoln's time... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2017
Randy L
Dubuque, Iowa
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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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  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675-6010
+1 217-632-4000
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Excellent display of the old village. Shaded walkways and informative docents. Take the time to listen to their stories and try to imagine life during that time.

Thank quiltime1
Reviewed 7 June 2017

This rates as a "gem" among the Illinois State Parks. The feeling of going back to Lincoln's time is enhanced by the recreated village of New Salem and the guides dressed in period attire who answer your questions. I've seen other re-creations, but there were...More

Thank Randy L
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Nice campground, couple good playgrounds for the kids, clean restroom/shower house, and the park to visit. Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site is a reconstruction of the former village of New Salem in Menard County, Illinois, where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1831 to 1837. Many...More

Thank tklasinski
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed visiting New Salem! Fun to feel like we were back in the era of Lincoln! Had fun watching them spin yarn from wool and dye it! Also impressed by how much everyone knew. Had kids ages 10, 7, 5, 2, 1. Great to...More

Thank Jdlk2034
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We met up with friends in Springfield and they said we had to visit New Salem so we did. We made it our first stop during our second of three days in Springfield. New Salem is about a half hour drive from our downtown hotel....More

Thank calvene
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Lincoln's New Salem offers an illuminating view of Lincoln's early adulthood and of how he came to choose law and politics for a career. We visited early enough in the year that there were not a lot of docents on duty yet, but it was...More

Thank Cynthia S
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

If you are a Lincoln nerd/history buff of that era, this place is really cool. There is a visitor center that plays you a movie about the place, and volunteers in period costumes showing you how they lived in the village. I can see how...More

Thank MurdocNiccals
Reviewed 2 May 2017

We took our son when he was younger and he was shocked about having to draw water, no toilets and how hard it was on everyone especially the parents.

Thank celebrating25years
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Some days, you just want to walk and ponder and enjoy the sun. This is the PERFECT place for that, with the initial visit to the welcome center being your first taste of going back in time. The staff are period-dressed, and very knowledgeable on...More

1  Thank BradandStacy41
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Excellent glimpse of Lincoln as a young man in his 20's shown through the village he lived in. Very interesting rebuilt log structures, homes, shops, mill , etc. Simply amazing that he would be President 30 years later! Extremely helpful and informative staff!

Thank tjeffb3
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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