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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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Great Family Trip

This is great for families. Nice gift shops. Nice trail to the river. Awesome old cabins. Very... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2016
If you enjoy Lincoln historical sights, this is a good place to visit

We have visited a number of times in the past few years. The last being in October, 2015 at their... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2016
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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 good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675-6010
+1 217-632-4000
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Reviewed 3 March 2016

This is great for families. Nice gift shops. Nice trail to the river. Awesome old cabins. Very informative.

2  Thank KEVIN T
Reviewed 14 January 2016

We have visited a number of times in the past few years. The last being in October, 2015 at their Fall Festival. This is a re-creation of the community of New Salem, IL approximately as it existed during the time Lincoln was there. All but...More

Thank M M
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Yes it about Lincoln but not all about Lincoln. We were the during the Fall Festival. The people who reenacted out the daily life of ones who lived during the early 1800s. There is a lot to learn for the adults as much for the...More

Thank roy1916
Reviewed 20 October 2015

Lincoln’s New Salem Village State Historic Site was built on original foundations by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, 100 years after the original village was formed. The village lasted for about 10 years until about 1840. Abraham Lincoln lived here for six years...More

Thank Ernest M
Reviewed 2 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 27 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 3 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
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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