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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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Reconstruction of the Building does the Park Justice.

It is a free park(which in itself is unusual) they do take donations. After a brief video the park... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2015
tom r
Chicago, Illinois
Abraham Lincoln Lived Here (1831 to 1837)

This was my third trip there in thirty years (my last visit was in 2009). For any Lincoln buff... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2015
Jackson B
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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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
+1 217-632-4000
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Reviewed 21 August 2015

It is a free park(which in itself is unusual) they do take donations. After a brief video the park is a nice recreation. Building are spaced well and you do get the feel for what these people went through in the 1860's. Take you time...More

1  Thank tom r
Reviewed 16 August 2015

This was my third trip there in thirty years (my last visit was in 2009). For any Lincoln buff, it's nice to be able to see where he lived in his years between leaving his parent's home and heading to Springfield. Although all but one...More

1  Thank Jackson B
Reviewed 10 August 2015

We visited on the way to St Louis and found it easily enough using a map. Very nice welcome centre and we found it all very quite not too many people so nice to move around quite a big area. Reconstructions of the houses and...More

2  Thank Nick M
Reviewed 10 August 2015

This has the potential to be a great site, but it really needs some attention and better oversight. We went out there on a Sunday morning, there were some staff in the visitor center and two ladies in the very first house who were very...More

Thank GordyTraveller
Reviewed 9 August 2015

This is basically a recreated village of where President Lincoln spent a few years of his life before getting into politics. There is one original building still standing, the rest have been rebuilt. There are people dressed in character in some of the buildings to...More

3  Thank Lois42
Reviewed 7 August 2015

Please don't tell your GPS to go to New Salem, IL. we did and went 81 miles our of our way. Yes, there is a New Salem and it has about 100 people in it but not even a gas station. You have to state...More

2  Thank flsurg
Reviewed 4 August 2015 via mobile

The New Salem site has a small museum in the Welcome center. They have a small good place and gift shop as well. I bought 5 waters and spend $12. Didn't go in store. The houses and neighborhood is a great place to visit. You...More

2  Thank Jennifer G
Reviewed 3 August 2015 via mobile

Original city from Lincoln ' s time period! My kids loved looking in each house, the staff was always in character and very informative! The inn keeper lady was awesome and was able to tell us adults thins even we didn't know! Everything was historically...More

1  Thank Robyn M
Reviewed 1 August 2015 via mobile

We planned an all-Lincoln mini vacation and thought we had seen everything related to Lincoln and Springfield. We read about the New Salem site and decided to to make the short drive to the Petersburg site and I am so glad we did. This is...More

1  Thank bronlex
Reviewed 1 August 2015

I was recently staying in Springfield, and decided to make the short drive to Lincoln's New Salem. I loved it! You can wander around the site (it looks like maps were available in the visitor center, but I didn't realize this until I was almost...More

2  Thank atljs
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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
10 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