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Lincolns New Salem State Park, Petersburg
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  • Went on a Thursday in the middle of September, and it was so peaceful. Felt like we had the whole place to ourselves, but there actually was one group of school kids. Took our time and enjoyed the nic...  more »
  • We visited Lincoln's New Salem as part of our family reunion gathering. It had been many years since my last visit. Due to Illinois budget problems the Park is in need of work, but it's still in good ...  more »
  • Visiting New Salem may take you a little bit out of your way - but it's worth it! At times there are people dressed in period costume performing the daily tasks of so many years ago. They're well vers...  more »
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  • We recently strolled the streets of the recreated 1830’s town that Lincoln lived in as a young adult. It was here that we discovered how lye is made, saw the kind of boat Lincoln floated down the Mississippi River in and stood in front of the store he once owned. It was also here that we learned of several early failures that he experienced such as lost elections and failed businesses. I love living examples of perseverance. The peaceful atmosphere as we meandered the streets allowed our minds to wander and imagine what it would have been like to live in that time. I was struck by the fact that women routinely gave birth to 10-12 children and most commonly died of childbirth, infection from a fireplace burn or fatigue (in that order). It was also not uncommon for those who lived outside of town to go years without seeing another woman. How much I take for granted in this time of information, travel and communication. Plan on 1-3 hours depending on how much time you want to take reading about each house and the history who lived there. They also may have an interpretive costumed worker on site who can explain in more detail and answer questions you may have. We camped in their RV park for $10/night (no electricity). Water is not at every site but if you stay during the week you might have your pick of spots like we did and can position yourself right next to a water source. They do have a dump station on site. The grounds are quiet and beautiful. Sites with electricity are $20/night (prices are higher on holidays)
  • Like stepping back in time over 150 years. Authentic and replica cabins and contents showing how life was over 150 years ago. People also there in period costume that will gladly answer any questions you may have. Lots of music there on the Saturday we visited, that also made the experience even more interesting..
  • I had been to Springfield several times but missed New Salem until a friend mentioned it to me. Stopped this last time and what a wonderful experience. The park gives you a good idea of what life would have been like when Lincoln lived there, but also sort of gave you the feel of a frontier town. The only even halfway "negative" was that they we were there it did not seem like they had a lot of volunteers working as only several of the homes were open. Other than that a fantastic experience.
  • A realistic recreation of the village where Lincoln spent key formative years. It takes you right back to that time in history and really makes you stop and think. Completely free with an interesting Visitor Center and a few helpful individuals dressed in period attire along the way.
  • I was born and raised in Galva, Illinois; visiting Lincoln's New Salem is one of my fondest memories. I first visited when I was very young, and I was fascinated there. It brought history alive for me, and kept it alive. Beautiful, and a step back in time -- I felt transported, and I loved it. I'd go again, at every chance!