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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: 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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Amazing site

This is a musts see site in Springfield. There are about 30 log cabin huts, including where Lincoln lived and ran a few stores. One gets a good idea of a small town in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a musts see site in Springfield. There are about 30 log cabin huts, including where Lincoln lived and ran a few stores. One gets a good idea of a small town in the 1860's. While there is a nice path today, one can imagine it with dirt covered roads. It is a peaceful and really well done. Don't... More 

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Farmington, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The rebuilt homes, stores, businesses are very interesting. there is one original home. Many original pieces donated from families; the rest are period pieces. There were some guides in some of the homes, businesses, inn; their input was very informative and interesting, and really made the trip worthwhile. Nice gift shop with some cool games. Fair amount of walking. I... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is the only frontier village I've been to that wasn't also a fort. Of course, with a fort, your constantly thinking of why it was fortified. During our visit, there was only one building that had a costumed interpreter, but the other buildings could be peeked into also. Of course, one frontier house is much like another, but one... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

long walk but worth it ,lots to see that is old fashioned. very cool to see how they cook and how things were a long time ago.

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Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not sure why this place didn't have a thousand visitors - maybe because it was out of the way, but this is one very wonderful place. I could have stayed there forever. Beautifully build buildings recreating the days of Lincoln's young adult life. It was easy to walk around it and worth taking a ton of pictures.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family loves it here, and have camped here many times. The campground is quiet and well maintained. There's lots of hiking and exploring in the museum. On the weekends there usually is some sort of show, and if you forget something, Petersburg isn't too far away with a grocery store and a few restaurants.

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Thank jaseonem
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been 7 years since we had visited. Went on a Sunday with our dogs. Very relaxing and nice walk. Only thing was that last time I remember characters in all the houses but this time very few and some were closed so you couldn't see inside. But overall a nice place to visit

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Blue Springs, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have never been to New Salem before and I was glad I went. The volunteer staff was very friendly and did a job acting in character. I wish all of the houses had volunteer characters to give some insight into the history but I believe going during the week effected the amount of volunteers. The cost is free and... More 

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Brooklyn, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A series of log cabins & docents in most of the cabins & nice gifts shops & Lincoln history of his younger years & old time looking gardens & trees & flowers = the New Salem State Historic Site. Only minutes from Springfield, Il where it seems everything has the name "Lincoln" attached with sometimes very little historical about the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nicely laid out historic village in New Salem. Pretty easy to get to from I-55. I would suggest researching ahead of time to determine when the various shops are open and have people 'working' in them to get the most out of your experience. It's free to wander through and look at the buildings. There's an adjacent cafe/bistro that has... More 

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