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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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Rustic pioneer village restored faithfully

Visited on a cold November day. 24 cabins built during the depression to faithfully copy the... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2017
Michael H
via mobile
Nice Reconstructed 1820-1840's Village

This is the place where Lincoln spent his early adult years, filling many jobs in this small... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2017
Columbus, Ohio
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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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Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

Visited on a cold November day. 24 cabins built during the depression to faithfully copy the original New Salem village where Lincoln lived for several years. Great attention to detail. Visitor center is informative. This is especially good for Lincoln aficionados.

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 16 November 2017

This is the place where Lincoln spent his early adult years, filling many jobs in this small village. It was abandoned in the 1840s, not long after Lincoln left to begin his political career in Springfield. The majority of the town was reconstructed by the...More

Thank kgilbert78
Reviewed 8 November 2017

You can't go to Springfield without a trip to Petersburg to visit Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site. On this trip, we went in the evening to attend the outdoor theater production of Alladin Jr. It was exceptional! We went there several years ago and...More

Thank Freba
Reviewed 30 October 2017

If you are on a tour of Lincoln historical sites, I recommend you add Lincoln's New Salem to your list. Lincoln lived here in his 20's and they say it was a formative time of his life, so it's great that they have recreated the...More

1  Thank Mike_AX333
Reviewed 30 September 2017

The historic village contains many buildings of Lincoln's time, including two stores in which he worked and ran a business. It is worth a trip to this exhibit to see how life was back in those days in Illinois (pretty rough, it seems), and also...More

Thank Andi55_13
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Most recreated or restored villages are of large downtowns or of originals moved and grouped in a park setting. This is a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corp recreation of the village of New Salem recreated on the original foundations. It represents the Village of New Salem...More

Thank Randy D
Reviewed 21 September 2017

My wife and I and another couple spent three days in Springfield taking in all the Lincoln and other sites. We went to New Salem on the way into Springfield and were pleasantly surprised to be able to experience what was Lincoln's home from 1831...More

Thank Peter F
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

Thank DES63640
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
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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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
11 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