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Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675-6010
+1 217-632-4000
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Outstanding Piece of History

The historic village contains many buildings of Lincoln's time, including two stores in which he... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Experience a 1840s village

Most recreated or restored villages are of large downtowns or of originals moved and grouped in a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Randy D
Kalamazoo, 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.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675-6010
+1 217-632-4000
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Andi55_13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most recreated or restored villages are of large downtowns or of originals moved and grouped in a park setting. This is a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corp recreation of the village of New Salem recreated on the original foundations. It represents the Village of New Salem...More

Thank Randy D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I and another couple spent three days in Springfield taking in all the Lincoln and other sites. We went to New Salem on the way into Springfield and were pleasantly surprised to be able to experience what was Lincoln's home from 1831...More

Thank Peter F
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

these are re-creations of buildings that stood when Lincoln was a young man in New Salem. One building, the Cooperage, is original. Went on a weekday so most buildings were closed-though you can see thru doors. Very peaceful; beautiful trees and grounds. No admission fee,but...More

Thank DES63640
Reviewed 13 September 2017

This is truly a step back in time. Lincoln's New Salem is a great place to spend an afternoon learning about the life of Lincoln growing up and life in New Salem. The interpreters are very knowledgeable and friendly. They are very interactive with the...More

Thank Cliff Q
Reviewed 13 September 2017

My friends and I visited this park on the last day of our short vacation. The site is nicely done, handicapped accessible with a lot of places to stop,rest and contemplate the history documented in the park. A bit disappointed in the upkeep of the...More

Thank Mary L
Reviewed 29 August 2017

I enjoyed New Salem much more than I thought I would. From the reconstructed buildings, to the people in period dress, you really did feel like you had stepped back in time. Everyone was very knowledgeable and added to the experience. Be sure to wear...More

Thank h_blond2
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Visited this with my sister and her grandson, age 7, and had a wonderful time. It seems to me this site has improved since I was last their 25 years ago. We went on a Monday, so not many of the dwellings were open, but...More

Thank Karen D
Reviewed 16 August 2017

If you need to get away for a few hours, I hardly recommend a trip to Lincoln 's New Salem. It's in the heart of Illinois, easy to find with very good parking and plenty of restaurants near by. I've been before but every time...More

1  Thank Les E
Reviewed 15 August 2017

The many recreated buildings were very interesting to view. In addition, the setting in a forested area was a beautiful setting to walk through. It would have been better had there been more historic demonstrations and personnel to explain the buildings and overall site. When...More

2  Thank Bill M
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16 May 2017|
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Response from MurdocNiccals | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, we ended up eating in nearby Petersburg.
Shannon C
19 March 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
11 June 2016|
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Response from M M | Reviewed this property |
A little late to the party with my answer, but as others have mentioned, it would be good to plan on a few hours. You can see it in less time, but there are a lot of cabins with information to read about each. I also agree... More