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Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

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Address: R.R. 1, Box 244A, Petersburg, IL 62675
Phone Number: 217-632-4000
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Wed - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: 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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New Salem--Where Lincoln planted his roots

If you enjoy strolling through ghost towns in the Old West, you'll thoroughly enjoy visiting Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site. Located 15 miles northwest of Springfield and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

If you enjoy strolling through ghost towns in the Old West, you'll thoroughly enjoy visiting Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site. Located 15 miles northwest of Springfield and three miles south of Petersburg, it represents a reconstruction of the former frontier village of New Salem in Menard County, where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1831 to 1837, where Lincoln made his... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The staff is terrific and the historic village is interesting and educational. Contact the local Boy Scout Council for an "information scavenger hunt" as the kids go through the village. Patches for the kids and answer sheet provided for the parents.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

On my all things Lincoln trip, this was a definite must see. The reproduced town of New Salem was great. Several of the building had period costume people telling great stories.

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Geneva, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

My family and I decided to detour off of I 55 to visit the past. This visitor center was inviting with exhibits and a short presentation. The staff was very warm and friendly, in fact one was making a quilt right there at the counter. Follow the map through the village being transported back into time. It was amazing to... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My first piece of advice at visiting this wonderful historic site is to try to come when it is raining, and to wear appropriate raingear. If you can't do that, try to arrive on a day when there aren't hundreds of school kids here on a field trip! Granted this is a highly educational site to which you should bring... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Was a great place to take a family for some history, and some fun. Several log homes to enter and view the era lifestyles. The folks who work there are very helpful and dress in era clothing. Blacksmith shop is a must see for all ages.

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Overland Park, Kansas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

After visiting the Lincoln home, we traveled to New Salem and spent approximately 2 hours touring the site that was rebuilt during the WPA days (early 1930's). The village is quite revealing of life during the 1830-40s and helps to complete the story of Abraham Lincoln. Understanding this portion of his life, and its humble and even rustic elements, helps... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We've seen several of these places over the years but were drawn to New Salem because of Lincoln. Most of the cabins are recreations (faithful and located in the same spot as the originals) Still worth it -- it's FREE for goodness sake! The 15 min video iand the visitor center are surprisingly worthwhile. Note: you can't walk across the... More 

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New Haven, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We visited this place with our family on an extremely cold day in January with snow on the ground, but we still enjoyed our time at this place. The film at the visitor center helped tell the story about Lincoln at this place. We then had the entire village to ourselves at this time of the year.

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is a must for young and old. Great historic are that shows what it was like to live in Lincolns time. story tellers, gardens and animals. Very clean and fun to walk through

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Additional Information about Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

Address: Address: R.R. 1, Box 244A, Petersburg, IL 62675
Phone Number: 217-632-4000
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Petersburg
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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