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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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A Must For Lincoln Lovers

We planned an all-Lincoln mini vacation and thought we had seen everything related to Lincoln and Springfield. We read about the New Salem site and decided to to make the short... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Prairie City, Iowa
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Prairie City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We planned an all-Lincoln mini vacation and thought we had seen everything related to Lincoln and Springfield. We read about the New Salem site and decided to to make the short drive to the Petersburg site and I am so glad we did. This is a hidden gem that is free. There is a very informative museum that explains Lincoln's... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

I was recently staying in Springfield, and decided to make the short drive to Lincoln's New Salem. I loved it! You can wander around the site (it looks like maps were available in the visitor center, but I didn't realize this until I was almost finished), around the buildings and into some of them if they happen to be open.... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Some brilliant politicians decided to close this attraction this year on Monday's and Tuesday's, I'm sure to show the people of Illinois they could save tax dollars. It was full of people wandering around as the gates were open, but there was no staff and the visitor center was closed. It was still fun to wander around, but be prepared... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

My kids loved the people doing demonstrations and answering questions. The 8 year old told me this place was "actually impressive" and the 5 year old loved the chocolate milk shake at the store after on our way out.

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Ponder, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We visited on Sunday, 7/19. I was hoping for a few period actors, but only one woman at the Tavern. She gave good explanations of where & how guests slept and ate. The buildings are well kept and contain period furnishings. Additional explanations are available at the gift shop - which you must visit. Local crafts are available for sale... More 

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Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We planned our days and then found that, due to budget cuts, most things were closed on M/T. However, CALL THE VISITOR CENTER and they can give you all kinds of ideas. Our days were VERY full! New Salem is still open to walk through, just no demonstrations. But we enjoyed it so much, we went back on our last... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The restored village where Abraham Lincoln spent some of his pre-political life in the 1830's is well worth a visit ! Start at the Visitor's Center, watch the interpretive video and pick up a copy of the "Walk in the Past" guide which contains biographical information on each of the buildings in the village. In addition, the Kelso Hollow Amphitheater... More 

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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Check the schedule for events. If you can visit during an event, it becomes more meaningful. Events make it seem as if the village is still alive. Even without an event, it is worth seeing. Abe lived here for some years before moving to Springfield. Juxtapose this life with his home in Springfield. A couple of hours spent here is... More 

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West Monroe
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

My girlfriend had never been to New Salem Historic Site. I had visited when in the elementary school years. As I remembered the visit, I tried to explain the experience. When I arrived at Lincoln's New Salem Site, it was nothing I remember. It was the Thursday before July 4th, lots of people and a few buses. We first visited... More 

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

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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Additional Information about Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

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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