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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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Reconstruction of the Building does the Park Justice.

It is a free park(which in itself is unusual) they do take donations. After a brief video the park is a nice recreation. Building are spaced well and you do get the feel for what... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

It is a free park(which in itself is unusual) they do take donations. After a brief video the park is a nice recreation. Building are spaced well and you do get the feel for what these people went through in the 1860's. Take you time and enjoy the park and all it has to offer. Staff seems to take great... More 

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This was my third trip there in thirty years (my last visit was in 2009). For any Lincoln buff, it's nice to be able to see where he lived in his years between leaving his parent's home and heading to Springfield. Although all but one of the buildings were reconstructions, the way that the site is laid out, it really... More 

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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We visited on the way to St Louis and found it easily enough using a map. Very nice welcome centre and we found it all very quite not too many people so nice to move around quite a big area. Reconstructions of the houses and shops and mill are well done with some people playing villagers of the time who... More 

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Highland Park, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This has the potential to be a great site, but it really needs some attention and better oversight. We went out there on a Sunday morning, there were some staff in the visitor center and two ladies in the very first house who were very informative and entertaining. As we moved around the rest of the site, it was all... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is basically a recreated village of where President Lincoln spent a few years of his life before getting into politics. There is one original building still standing, the rest have been rebuilt. There are people dressed in character in some of the buildings to tell you about the area. It was a nice place to visit. It's great for... More 

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Orlando
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Please don't tell your GPS to go to New Salem, IL. we did and went 81 miles our of our way. Yes, there is a New Salem and it has about 100 people in it but not even a gas station. You have to state Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site. We are big fans of our National Park Service... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The New Salem site has a small museum in the Welcome center. They have a small good place and gift shop as well. I bought 5 waters and spend $12. Didn't go in store. The houses and neighborhood is a great place to visit. You can walk thru and feel like you are back in Lincoln's time. The houses are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Original city from Lincoln ' s time period! My kids loved looking in each house, the staff was always in character and very informative! The inn keeper lady was awesome and was able to tell us adults thins even we didn't know! Everything was historically right on point! Gift shops were not outrageous either which is a plus! The mini... More 

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Prairie City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

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

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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