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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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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Minneapolis, MN
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Minneapolis, MN
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232 reviews 232 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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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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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35 reviews 35 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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14 helpful votes 14 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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Peru, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Stopped by here on the way back home from Springfield. It looks a lot like when Lincoln lived there. The visitor center is a good place to stop and they have events outdoors during the warmer months. Unfortunately the cabins and stores were closed for the winter and the walkway down to the mill was blocked off for the season.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

New Salem is a fascinating place with all the allure of the settling of the wild frontier. However, the site's Visitor Center is sorely in need of updating. It was amazing to see how this place that was so important to Lincoln was reconstructed years ago as a CCC project. We visited after the tourist season so many of the... More 

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Waterloo, Iowa
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Perhaps the most important thing in planning a visit to New Salem is to choose the day wisely. Springfield, Illinois can be hot and humid. So pick a nice day temperature wise, a day that you would want to be outside for several hours. To fully appreciate New Salem go on a day when they have demonstrations of 1830's life.... More 

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Springfield, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

New Salem is incredible if you want to talk a walk through the 1840s and check out the past. The village is an authentic recreation of the wooden cabins that people lived in during Lincoln's time in this small village. The cabins are built on the site where they originally stood and in warmer weather, there are performers in period... More 

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