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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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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Historic early days/home of young Abe. See how life was in the 1830's time period, the Docent did a nice job explaining how Lincoln worked in the Post Office prior to going into politics and law. Watch the short film prior to touring the historic village. See the doctors office/home, post office, shoe store, hat store, homes and of course... More

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chicago area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Allow yourself some time to realize what you're seeing here...this is a recreation of the "town" Lincoln lived before he moved to springfield. Makes you realize -- if you put aside all the modern day things we take for granted -- just how tough it must have been almost 200 years ago living in a village that must have been... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a must see place. I will call it a village from Abraham Lincolns time and place. They have all these very little homes by todays standards. It shows you how they lived and especially cooked their modest meals. Their is a grain meal there that ran off a waterway. The exhibits are really neat, but it was a... More

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Abingdon, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Lincoln's New Salem State Historic site is an intriguing step back in time to the 1830's. You can walk the very streets that Lincoln walked during his formative years in New Salem. You will have the opportunity to visit the homes of his friends and neighbors that that helped to shape and form the 16th president. Interpreters in period garb... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Had an excellent trip to Lincoln's New Salem. It is a wonderfully recreated historic village where Abraham Lincoln spent his early adult years. The site is accurately presented with interpreters provide helpful information and historical facts. A "must-see" if you are traveling in Illinois.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

If you are planning a trip to Springfield, Illinois, to view all of the many Abraham Lincoln historic sites and the Lincoln Library and Museum, you have to make a side trip to nearby Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site. Located 15 miles northwest of Springfield and three miles south of Petersburg, New Salem represents the re-created pioneer village (only... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is re-created pioneer village with only one original building. Lincoln spent his early 20's in this area. There is a nice video to start your day. I would like to have seen a bit more interaction with those who were on the grounds like you might find in Williamsburg. Of course, there is no cost, only a suggested donation,... More

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Monroe, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Took our girl scout group here. we split into smaller groups and walked around. Houses were neat to see, and enjoyed learning about the village. We were there on a Friday during the morning. The staff was somewhat engaging, but didn't go out of their way to engage the kids. Most sat in the houses and just waited for people... More

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shooter2384
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Lincoln's New Salem is a great visit for all ages. My wife, 3 year old daughter, and I spent an afternoon there, and we had a wonderful time. The visitor's center is well staffed and contains very informative exhibits. The interpreters were very interesting and did not take too much time (as we have experienced other places). There is also... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

If you are exploring Lincoln's history in Illinois it is well worth the drive out of Springfield to visit this village that Lincoln lived in as a young man. My son really was interested in how people lived and worked. The buildings are well maintained and interpreters very helpful in answering questions. I have been here many times through the... More

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