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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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Winter Visit

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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New Haven, Missouri
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New Haven, Missouri
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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70 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Pekin, Illinois
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

We visited this place over the weekend staying at the campground. The village was a nice recreation of Lincoln's past. There was a few of the actors at some of the buildings telling you about how things were done at that time and were also dressed in the era clothing. It was also nice that we were able to walk... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

My husband and I are assiduous visitors of New Salem State Historic Site. We try to assist to the many activities they prepare during Fall. I specially love the candlelight walks. The site is way more interesting when guides are present (which is more likely to happen during the main activities), live music is played then, also. Volunteer guides seem... More 

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Brookfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

An interesting visit to "past times", authentically presented in a rustic setting. The museum was modern and contained engaging displays. The grounds were fun to explore, and we enjoyed talking with folks demonstrating various crafts. Since we were there on an uncrowded weekday, there was less of that going on than I have seen on a previous visit. The few... More 

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Keizer, Oregon
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206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

Today we went to Lincoln's New Salem which is a reconstruction of the village President Lincoln lived in for 6 years starting at age 22. This is the third time I have been here in the last 50 years and as always it is very well done! Admission is free but they do recommend a donation as can be read... More 

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