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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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Log Cabins + A Young Lincoln = New Salem Park

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Brooklyn, Iowa
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Brooklyn, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved everything about the trip to New Salem, and stayed for a show at Theater in the Park - wonderful!

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped on the way back from the southern Appalachians.. My wife had visited this historic renovated town about 40 years ago. The visitor center had a very well done chronological presentation of President Lincolns activities and life during his early twenties while living in this town and his travels during that time and later in his bid of office. A... More 

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Thank bryan c
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln once lived. Almost everything is a replica. And it doesn't learn you anything about Lincoln's political life. So better first visit Springfield. When you have more time: this is also nice...

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Belvidere, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walking through Lincoln's New Salem is the closest thing to travel back in time. Recreated village features 1800's. The village features twenty-three historically furnished buildings. The experience and walk back in time is a must to do. Interpreters describe daily life of the 19th century.

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Thank Tab S
Florence, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quaint little 18th Century village. The staff is dressed in 18th century garb. The museum is well done as is the orientation movie. The original village only existed for 12 years and Lincoln lived here for about half that but it really impacted his future. The site is only open Wednesday thru Sunday. .

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Corona, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located about 20 miles from Springfield this historic village is well maintained and has a nice visitors center with an interesting movie about Lincoln when he lived in New Salem. The signage on each of the log cabins in the village was very interesting to read. They have real people dressed in period clothing who are friendly and knowledgeable about... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family reunions in this area always include a stop at New Salem. It is a must see for those who haven't been here. You walk among the many cabins that represent the village during the life of young Abraham Lincoln when he lived here. Cabins are open depending on the number of volunteer interpreters who share their knowledge of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My kids, my mom and I had a great time at New Salem. The kids had a great time exploring the cabins and learning about the history of New Salem. The volunteers were great and told us several stories about Lincoln. My kids played games with kids who were there for the pioneer camp. The food at the cafe was... More 

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