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“Don't rush through this one!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

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
Type: History Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: Lincoln's New Salem is a reproduction of 18th century New Salem, Illinois, where the ex-President once lived as a young man.
Springfield, Illinois
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“Don't rush through this one!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

Authentic, not crowded, donations only, easy day trip from Springfield, IL. Don't miss the film or the gift shop with lots of handmade crafts!

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St. Louis, Missouri
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“Great interpretive site.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

An entire village recreated from Lincoln's era. Living history. And it's free.

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spfld il
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“gret spot - be sure to see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

A wonderful example of what life was like in a prairie settlement. The grounds are being restored to native species by Friends of Sangamon Valley.

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“Well restored part of Lincoln's past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

This is a great family place - old cabins, animals, and many times, people dressed in period clothing. Definitely worth the few miles drive away from the downtown Springfield historical spots.

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“Lincoln’s New Salem”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

New Salem is a town just north of Springfield. In 1930, the town was reproduced to include twelve log houses, a tavern, ten workshops and stores, a mill and a school. They are furnished with articles that may have, and in some case WERE, used by the individuals who owned the original properties.

The village marks a turning point in Lincoln’s career. Although he never owned a home in the village, he owned and operated two stores (one of which was forced into bankruptcy), won the respect of his neighbors when he enlisted in the Black Hawk War, served as postmaster and deputy surveyor, and was elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 1834 and 1836 after an unsuccessful try in 1832.

For the full story: http://exploringtheusbyrv.com/?p=1358

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