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Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

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15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675-6010
+1 217-632-4000
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No Abraham Lincoln vacation is complete without a trip to New Salem! We went after 2 different... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kelli0023
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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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This is a great spot to visit to see what life was like in Lincoln’s time. They have a little snack... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dan S
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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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  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675-6010
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

No Abraham Lincoln vacation is complete without a trip to New Salem! We went after 2 different people suggested it and were truly impressed. This is the place Lincoln moved to as a young single man and spent 6 years living in working. The reconstruction...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great spot to visit to see what life was like in Lincoln’s time. They have a little snack bar that has burgers, chicken sandwiches etc.

1  Thank Dan S
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Reviewed May 15, 2018

Nice walk, but most buildings are not open. The ones that are you can only view from the doorway. Better villages elsewhere in the country. Skip this one. Donation requested. Free parking.

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Reviewed April 14, 2018

Interesting to think that Lincoln and the other villagers that were here in the 1830's all ended up coming from other places to settle for a few years and then disappear. This is the place that was a "turning point" for Lincoln, as the museum...More

2  Thank Chris S
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Reviewed April 9, 2018

I go fairly often to new salem due to having grown up in Menard County. The states budget woes have resulted in buildings not being as well maintained as they once were, but it’s a beautiful place wander in Abraham Lincolns footsteps. A lot of...More

1  Thank Linda C
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Reviewed November 23, 2017 via mobile

Visited on a cold November day. 24 cabins built during the depression to faithfully copy the original New Salem village where Lincoln lived for several years. Great attention to detail. Visitor center is informative. This is especially good for Lincoln aficionados.

2  Thank Michael H
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Reviewed November 15, 2017

This is the place where Lincoln spent his early adult years, filling many jobs in this small village. It was abandoned in the 1840s, not long after Lincoln left to begin his political career in Springfield. The majority of the town was reconstructed by the...More

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Reviewed November 7, 2017

You can't go to Springfield without a trip to Petersburg to visit Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site. On this trip, we went in the evening to attend the outdoor theater production of Alladin Jr. It was exceptional! We went there several years ago and...More

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Reviewed October 29, 2017

If you are on a tour of Lincoln historical sites, I recommend you add Lincoln's New Salem to your list. Lincoln lived here in his 20's and they say it was a formative time of his life, so it's great that they have recreated the...More

2  Thank Mike_AX333
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Reviewed September 30, 2017

The historic village contains many buildings of Lincoln's time, including two stores in which he worked and ran a business. It is worth a trip to this exhibit to see how life was back in those days in Illinois (pretty rough, it seems), and also...More

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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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Shannon C
March 19, 2017|
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Response from darrn59 | Reviewed this property |
The village is right next to the parking lot. I don't know exactly how long the village itself is. You can stop at each house/building and read about what it was used for. We went off season, so none of the buildings were... More
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