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Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

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Address: 15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675-6010
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Wed - Sun 09:00 - 16:00
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Lincoln's New Salem is a reproduction of 18th century New Salem, Illinois,...

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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Take a step back in time!

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... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
BradandStacy41
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Evansville, Indiana
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Evansville, Indiana
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183 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 this particular time of Lincoln’s life. Although he was only there for a few years,... More 

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Sikeston, Missouri
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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!

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North Aurora, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family enjoyed walking around New Salem and seeing what it looked like when Abe Lincoln lived there. It was really interesting to go inside actual homes and see what they looked like and how the people lived. It was nice that there were people inside some of the cabins to give us historical information. It was neat that there... More 

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Baraga, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It rained pretty good the day we went here. You enter at the visitor center. There's a Conestoga wagon above the desk supposedly built by Emanuel Custer, the infamous George's father. There's some really interesting exhibits and a frat 15 minute video about how New Salem was a turning point in Lincoln's life. It was really odd to think, New... More 

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Fairview Heights, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The website stated they were open on Sundays. The visitor center was open as was the cafe. None of the other buildings were open including the museum, gift shop and mill. I felt like we really didn't get to see anything of interest. Once you see the outside of a log building, you have seen them all. However, the visitor... More 

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Kearny, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Recreated village that Abraham Lincoln lived in when he was in his 20's. Off season so we were pretty the only ones around but still fun to see all the log cabin homes and stores. Beautiful Fall day to be out and walk through the wooded park. Stop at the visitors center for a map and to see the small... More 

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Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

New Salem is a wonderful site to visit and learn about Lincoln and the mid 1800's. The visitor center has a small, but well thought out museum. It helps you understand how Abraham Lincoln fits in at New Salem. The movie shown was also good and held my grandsons attention. One thing about going in November is that it isn't... More 

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Thank James H
New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

The restoration of New Salem is really good and offers a really great insight in to how villagers lived and Lincoln's early life. A pleasant place to spend half a day. Plenty of walking paths and well restored village buildings.

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Thank Jamaican-Luck
Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Went on a Thursday in the middle of September, and it was so peaceful. Felt like we had the whole place to ourselves, but there actually was one group of school kids. Took our time and enjoyed the nice sunny day. Was here on a field trip nearly thirty years ago, and I thought it would be a nice place... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

We visited Lincoln's New Salem as part of our family reunion gathering. It had been many years since my last visit. Due to Illinois budget problems the Park is in need of work, but it's still in good shape and is an enjoyable place. The visitor center is informative and staff is helpful. We walked through the restored village of... More 

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