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Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

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The Village

This was our second visit to this little village where Abe Lincoln lived and worked as a young man... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Janice I
Traer, Iowa
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Interesting historical site

We arrived just before they had closed up the buildings, but even then, you can still walk around... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Holland, 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.
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15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675-6010
+1 217-632-4000
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 10 August 2005

My husband and I just returned from Springfield and spent 4 hours at the museum. We loved it! It's simply NOT possible to see everything in 1 hour as another reviewer suggested. That is, if you take the time to read the displays and listen...More

19  Thank Bonnie D
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 8 July 2015

The restored village where Abraham Lincoln spent some of his pre-political life in the 1830's is well worth a visit ! Start at the Visitor's Center, watch the interpretive video and pick up a copy of the "Walk in the Past" guide which contains biographical...More

4  Thank BHappy2
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second visit to this little village where Abe Lincoln lived and worked as a young man. Great place to walk around and see how they lived back then. The annual festival was going on so there were live demonstrations and people dressed...More

Thank Janice I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived just before they had closed up the buildings, but even then, you can still walk around and see outside and even inside a few of the buildings. The buildings and grounds are well maintained. There is also a virtual tour online so you...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not many places to go now days that are free. My kids really love going here and learning about history so they appreciate what they have. This time they had a horse and some chickens. The horse was so friendly he like them and let...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I remember coming here as a kid and wanted to bring my kids, even though they are little young to get a lot out of it. Very cool to see the old cabins and how people used to live. Will definitely come back when the...More

Thank wretched85
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

We spent 1 night in the Campground and it’s a nice park with decent interior roads to get around. Lots of trees throughout the Campground. We went to the Visitors Centers and watched the 18 minute video telling all about Mr Lincoln’s 6 years here...More

Thank tonyk744
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

Nice side trip from Springfield. Takes about 30 minutes to get there. Visitor center with small museum, snack shop, and one of the two gift shops are by the parking lot. Walk around the building, through the trees and step back in time. Very nice...More

Thank KSH213
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

We just got back from a camping trip to New Salem State Park. We chose site number 55 because there were several mature trees around. All of the sites we saw had concrete and asphalt pads which made setting up pretty easy. The campground itself...More

Thank Diana B
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

New Salem is a great place to see part of Illinois past. And the out door theater has some really good plays with local talent

Thank lindaewing
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

The prairie town where Lincoln developed into an amazing young man has been beautifully rebuilt. It’s amazing to see this and then the ornate house he had in Springfield. Log cabins with dirt floors to luxury in a very short time.

Thank dougA7389DT
Reviewed 31 August 2018

I was hoping for a bit more than what we experienced at this site. First, the visitor's building was new and clean. There was a short film and some museum exhibits which were interesting enough. Then the walk through the village was a disappointment. The...More

1  Thank LocaLola24
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Diana B
26 September 2018|
Response from kgilbert78 | Reviewed this property |
Their contact e-mail is hpa.newsalem@illinois.gov
Patti H
12 April 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
16 May 2017|
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Response from MurdocNiccals | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, we ended up eating in nearby Petersburg.