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Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

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Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

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15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675-6010
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BWtravels wrote a review Mar 2021
WI77 contributions12 helpful votes
Learned quite a bit on this stop. Cold day and few buildings were open, but great signage and brochure for those we couldn't go in to. Neat place, would recommend the spot for about an hour of exploring. Looks like the state should put some funds into rehabbing this site. A shame to see some parts literally falling down.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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barkus1968 wrote a review Sep 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri3,849 contributions473 helpful votes
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Well - in the time of Covid, this place is dead. :-). I still enjoyed wandering outside the buildings. This 1832 village on the Sangamon River is quite cool. Well worth the drive from anywhere in the continental U.S.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Lisa2449 wrote a review Feb 2020
Barcelona, Spain3 contributions1 helpful vote
Well-researched and completely authentic replica of village where young pioneer Abraham Lincoln worked and made relationships that shaped his life. The buildings and grounds are entirely realistic. Wear shoes that can take you up and down gravel paths safely, especially if you wish to see the river landing where the flatboats would dock and launch.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Kathy D wrote a review Dec 2019
Saint Louis, Missouri279 contributions100 helpful votes
The movie at the information center begins the thoughtful story. The log buildings continue the story. We were especially impressed with the wool-carding mill; it involved an impressive cog-work of machinery that was powered by a pair of oxen on a precariously pitched circuit. New Salem is an Illinois State Historic Site. Donations are suggested. Overall, the Site needs a good fund-raising campaign, otherwise the buildings might soon fall into disrepair. The trail to the mill across the road has already been closed due to safety concerns. On the other hand, a popular theater group takes advantage of the premises, so maybe the theater can encourage revenue.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Bruce428 wrote a review Nov 2019
Lincolnshire, Illinois309 contributions68 helpful votes
We took our Grandson here and it truly an exceptional experience seeing how Lincoln and the people lived during this time period and how Lincoln got his start. The town included many of the residences, shops, etc of that time period. The museum and movie are outstanding. This is truly an excellent place to visit. Thank you!!!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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