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Lincolns New Salem State Park, Petersburg

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4.6/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
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  • This site gives visitors a real insigt into the early life of Lincoln and those who were around him at the time. Guides in costume are available to talk in character about the things you will see and ...  read more »
  • We went for the night time lantern tour. The visit was incredible. The only down side was that it was extremely crowded. We are looking forward to going back next year. 
  • Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site is a reconstruction of the former village of New Salem, where he lived, worked, and studied from 1831-1837. There are numerous houses, and shops open to inspect...  read more »
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Free entrance into the park. Great family experience of what life during Lincoln's time might have looked like. Also has a community theatre with regular programming. Attended a show and experienced an excellent show. Great acting, music, and scenery.
  • Beautiful log cabins. Amazing history. Music. Horses. Nature. Free entry? Check. It's a very thought-provoking site that won't regret visiting.
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