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Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

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The Village

This was our second visit to this little village where Abe Lincoln lived and worked as a young man... read more

Reviewed October 30, 2018
Janice I
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Traer, Iowa
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Interesting historical site

We arrived just before they had closed up the buildings, but even then, you can still walk around... read more

Reviewed October 30, 2018
R2J2
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Holland, Michigan
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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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15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675-6010
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You would think the State would make a better attempt at keeping up the place where Lincoln lived and ran businesses but it hasn't. The site itself is empty of people, including workers. Buildings in disrepair and exhibits mostly closed other then the extremely overpriced...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

This was our second visit to this little village where Abe Lincoln lived and worked as a young man. Great place to walk around and see how they lived back then. The annual festival was going on so there were live demonstrations and people dressed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

We arrived just before they had closed up the buildings, but even then, you can still walk around and see outside and even inside a few of the buildings. The buildings and grounds are well maintained. There is also a virtual tour online so you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

Not many places to go now days that are free. My kids really love going here and learning about history so they appreciate what they have. This time they had a horse and some chickens. The horse was so friendly he like them and let...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

I remember coming here as a kid and wanted to bring my kids, even though they are little young to get a lot out of it. Very cool to see the old cabins and how people used to live. Will definitely come back when the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

We spent 1 night in the Campground and it’s a nice park with decent interior roads to get around. Lots of trees throughout the Campground. We went to the Visitors Centers and watched the 18 minute video telling all about Mr Lincoln’s 6 years here...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Nice side trip from Springfield. Takes about 30 minutes to get there. Visitor center with small museum, snack shop, and one of the two gift shops are by the parking lot. Walk around the building, through the trees and step back in time. Very nice...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KSH213
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

We just got back from a camping trip to New Salem State Park. We chose site number 55 because there were several mature trees around. All of the sites we saw had concrete and asphalt pads which made setting up pretty easy. The campground itself...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Diana B
Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

New Salem is a great place to see part of Illinois past. And the out door theater has some really good plays with local talent

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

The prairie town where Lincoln developed into an amazing young man has been beautifully rebuilt. It’s amazing to see this and then the ornate house he had in Springfield. Log cabins with dirt floors to luxury in a very short time.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Diana B
September 26, 2018|
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Response from kgilbert78 | Reviewed this property |
Their contact e-mail is hpa.newsalem@illinois.gov
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Patti H
April 12, 2018|
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Response from kgilbert78 | Reviewed this property |
The visitor's center is. There are paved paths between the buildings. However the buildings are historic, which means they were not designed for accessibility and to make them accessible could damage their historic... More
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MrsKuhn
May 15, 2017|
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Response from MurdocNiccals | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, we ended up eating in nearby Petersburg.
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