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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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Chicago, Illinois
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84 reviews 84 reviews
23 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We went on a lovely sunny and warm Sunday afternoon. I had read that you need no more than an hour and that was right. As a Brit I am finding the Pioneer's history fascinating. The kids however were bored fairly early on as of course all the buildings look the same! You need to read the blurb on each... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We visited at the end of August. I think the venue was worn out by then. The AC in the visitors' center was broken. The food in the concession building was good. But the grounds had a shabby feel to them. A couple of attractions in Springfield had suffered from recent high water, so maybe that contributed to the unkempt... More

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Naperville, IL
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This is NOT a criticism of Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site. Unfortunately, on the day we visited, August, 24th, the temperature was 90 + degrees with a humidity level of over 90%. It was just HOT and humid even though we had head coverings and bottles of water. Nonetheless, the visit was very educational and we learned a lot... More

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Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We enjoyed our trip to New Salem Park. It was the evening of one of the shows in Theater in the Park. The put on wonderful plays here. Enjoyed our walk through the village and inside the museum. So much history here. It takes you back to a time of long ago. There is no charge for the park, but... More

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Warner Robins, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The restored buildings give you a good idea of they layout of New Salem, IL when Abraham Lincoln lived there. Start with the restored mill on the road leading into town. From there enter New Salem through the Visitors' Center, which is more like a museum manned by very helpful staff. The actors who portray residents are all very knowledgeable... More

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South Bend, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We enjoyed our visit. The costumed guides were very well informed and willing to share (with one exception). The grounds were well kept.

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Elkhart, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I only came to know of this place recently from browsing on the internet although I have always been fascinated with the history pertaining to our 16th president. It is located not far from Springfield, the capital city of Illinois and like many attractions in the Land of Lincoln this one is free of charge. The staff was very friendly... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

New Salem was a small village that existed for only about 15 years; Abraham Lincoln lived there for about 10 years. The reconstructed village provides a wonderful sense of what a small town was like in the 1830s - 1840s. Costumed interpreters were very knowledgeable, welcoming questions from visitors. There's an excellent orientation film and beautiful small museum at the... More

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Texas
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388 attraction reviews
317 helpful votes 317 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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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78 reviews 78 reviews
7 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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