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Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

R.R. 1, Box 244A, Petersburg, IL 62675
217-632-4000
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Description: 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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Yaphank, New York
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We drove from Springfield, not really knowing what to expect, but this is a really pleasant place, with nice and informative employees. Not all the buildings were open all the time, but we had fun in the chapel/school, blacksmiths, coopers, leather worker, and tavern. It was a good couple of hours and we'd visit again if we were in the... More

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Cary, North Carolina, United States
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

We spent a long weekend in the Springfield area and visited New Salem on one of our stops. This is a well-kept FREE museum. On the day we went, there were some reenactments which our children enjoyed. We went with 6 people - ages 5 to upper 60's and we all enjoyed it. The paths are now paved which is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

New Salem is a short drive from Springfield and easy to get to. It was not very crowded when we visited during the week. The weather was not great and it was cold for July. The site is very well done and gives a great idea of what it was like to like in the backwoods in the 1830's. The... More

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Lake Villa, Illinois
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53 reviews 53 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

It was a beautiful day and the walk around the cabins really made you step back in time. It is about a 30 minutes ride outside of Springfield. We were there on a Friday and it was really quiet. The cabins were cool but if there was nobody in them (costumed workers/volunteers) it was kind of hard to know who... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We stopped at this state historic site only to visit the New Salem village, but there appears to be a beautiful campground as well. The visitor center has an short movie (20 min?) that explains Lincoln's time at New Salem. Watching the movie first will put the village in perspective. The village itself is not that big - nor was... More

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Perry
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was wonderful. A great way to spend a couple of hours learning, bonding, and exercising. The costumed enactors were knowledgeable and friendly. Very informative. Lots of Abe Lincoln info.

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Woodstock, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

There was not anyone in the homes or out in the village to explain anything. Out of all the 20 something houses there you could only go into 2 of them.

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New Lenox, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Visitor center/museum is very nice as well as informative. The buildings in the village are interesting and well furnished. Docents and hosts at Visitors Center are friendly and knowledgeable. Visitors get a real feeling of what life was like in the late 1830s. Signage is faded and difficult to read in some places. Donations are asked for entry.

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Burlington, KY
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48 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I have visited here several times through the years and always love to see the cabins, stores, school and gardens in New Salem. The Mill is closed for repairs, but you can drive to it outside the park. There is a small museum inside the visitor center. Some costumed guides were in the village. Donations taken. Wheelchairs and strollers allowed.... More

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed our time here. The only negative was that there weren't enough staff to explain things but, I have a feeling it was because it was Fathers Day 2014.

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