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Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

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Address: 15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675-6010
Phone Number: +1 217-632-4000
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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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Recreated village that Abraham Lincoln lived in when he was in his 20's. Off season so we were pretty the only ones around but still fun to see all the log cabin homes and stores... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Kearny, New Jersey
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Kearny, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recreated village that Abraham Lincoln lived in when he was in his 20's. Off season so we were pretty the only ones around but still fun to see all the log cabin homes and stores. Beautiful Fall day to be out and walk through the wooded park. Stop at the visitors center for a map and to see the small... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

New Salem is a wonderful site to visit and learn about Lincoln and the mid 1800's. The visitor center has a small, but well thought out museum. It helps you understand how Abraham Lincoln fits in at New Salem. The movie shown was also good and held my grandsons attention. One thing about going in November is that it isn't... More 

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New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restoration of New Salem is really good and offers a really great insight in to how villagers lived and Lincoln's early life. A pleasant place to spend half a day. Plenty of walking paths and well restored village buildings.

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Thank Jamaican-Luck
Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a Thursday in the middle of September, and it was so peaceful. Felt like we had the whole place to ourselves, but there actually was one group of school kids. Took our time and enjoyed the nice sunny day. Was here on a field trip nearly thirty years ago, and I thought it would be a nice place... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Lincoln's New Salem as part of our family reunion gathering. It had been many years since my last visit. Due to Illinois budget problems the Park is in need of work, but it's still in good shape and is an enjoyable place. The visitor center is informative and staff is helpful. We walked through the restored village of... More 

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Lyndon Station, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting New Salem may take you a little bit out of your way - but it's worth it! At times there are people dressed in period costume performing the daily tasks of so many years ago. They're well versed in the time period and it's interesting talking with them. It's a fairly flat walk. Take your time & lots of... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

This site gives visitors a real insigt into the early life of Lincoln and those who were around him at the time. Guides in costume are available to talk in character about the things you will see and you are able to ask questions as well as view the village much as it appeared orinigally. There is a good film... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

We went for the night time lantern tour. The visit was incredible. The only down side was that it was extremely crowded. We are looking forward to going back next year.

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Frankfort, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site is a reconstruction of the former village of New Salem, where he lived, worked, and studied from 1831-1837. There are numerous houses, and shops open to inspections, and if it is warm weather (mainly summer) there will be costumed guides and workers. Don't miss the movie introduction. Be sure to check that it is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

I had never been there and enjoyed the day with my daughter and her class. The class studied Lincoln during this period in his life, so they were prepared for the visit and knew a basic history of the settlement and what to look for and explore. Their teacher also gave them exploration worksheets to complete. This all helped to... More 

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