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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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Historic Must See and it's Free

This is the second time I have been to this site. Took my children when they were little and now... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2017
Carpentersville, Illinois
Educational and Entertaining

We went here during the day and enjoyed meeting volunteers dressed as characters of the time. I... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2017
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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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 15 August 2017

This is the second time I have been to this site. Took my children when they were little and now we went back with them as grown children and my grandchild. Although I was disappointed that there wasn't much role play (maybe because it was...More

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Reviewed 15 July 2017

We went here during the day and enjoyed meeting volunteers dressed as characters of the time. I have been here a few times in my life, and yet every time I learn something. The kids usually enjoy it. We had a nice lunch in the...More

1  Thank alibarbaraMilwaukee
Reviewed 13 July 2017

This was our families first time here. Lots of walking, lots of learning and showing my kids what life was like back in the day...had a huge impact on them. Realizing how grateful they are for the things they have. Tons of things to see,...More

Thank Kristina M
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

A wonderful place to tour. Many interpreters explain the stories of the village and residents of Lincolns day Stroll at your own pace; helps you better understand Lincoln!

Thank Deggto
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Run don't walk to visit. Watch Young Mr. Lincoln from 1939 or DW Griffin's 1930 Lincoln to really appreciate the area even more.

Thank Larry K
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

See what life was life like for a young Abraham Lincoln. He endured tough times here. It helped mold him into the person he became. Great for families.

Thank garydra
Reviewed 25 June 2017

If you really want to learn and walk in Lincolns shoes you HAVE to stop here first. its like walking back in time and its just like it was in his time. the staff dressed in period attire just add to the experience. If you...More

Thank Ron H
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

We have stopped a half dozen times now and each visit was a little different (weather, time of day, which interpreters etc ). This trip we took our 13 year old granddaughter and she loved it. The weather was perfect- 80 and breezy. Unfortunately we...More

Thank Grmabear
Reviewed 24 June 2017

A very educational site and a great represention of that period in time. The on site interpretive speakers are very informative. A must see if in the area.

Thank 4travel_bug2014
Reviewed 23 June 2017

This was our last stop on a 2 day trip to see Lincoln sites and it was one of our favorites. It's much larger than I thought and each reconstructed cabin has informational plaques. Two stores Lincoln owned or co-owned are here and we were...More

Thank maldenmusic
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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
20 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