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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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Lincoln's First Home in Illinois

This was our first stop in a Lincoln-centered visit to Springfield, and it was amazing! After... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2015
Dallas, Texas
Something to See

I am from this area and still make the occasional trip back to New Salem. I always enjoy the... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2015
Corie G
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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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  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675-6010
+1 217-632-4000
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Reviewed 16 September 2015

This was our first stop in a Lincoln-centered visit to Springfield, and it was amazing! After watching an orientation film that was very well done, we had lunch in the cafe. We walked around the reconstructed village where Lincoln lived and worked upon arriving in...More

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Reviewed 9 September 2015

I am from this area and still make the occasional trip back to New Salem. I always enjoy the scenic walk and the important history behind the old town. It's free and something good for kids and adults.

Thank Corie G
Reviewed 4 September 2015

Of course, it is very historical as Abraham Lincoln settled there when he first came to Illinois. This village has been reconstructed as a replica of how it was when Lincoln lived there. There are interrupters dressed in period costume throughout the village. There is...More

Thank EWL60
Reviewed 4 September 2015

We stopped on a rainy Sunday. Could have been more docents available but the ones on site were very knowledgeable. Gift shop has wide variety of items priced for kids as well as adults. The crops grown in gardens and the field are indicative of...More

Thank Gene G
Reviewed 22 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 17 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 10 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 8 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
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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