Lincolns New Salem State Park, Petersburg

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Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, about 2 miles South of Petersburg and about 20 miles Northwest of Springfield, is a reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln spent his early adulthood. GPS Coordinates - N39.58.550' W89.50.511'
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  • Well - in the time of Covid, this place is dead. :-). I still enjoyed wandering outside the buildings. This 1832 village on the Sangamon River is quite cool. Well worth the drive from anywhere in...  more »
  • Well-researched and completely authentic replica of village where young pioneer Abraham Lincoln worked and made relationships that shaped his life. The buildings and grounds are entirely realistic...  more »
  • One of my all time favorite places. This is true Americana. The aura and the spirit of pioneer times is present in the air, and it is a most peaceful place to be. 'Twas a joy to perform at the beautiful indoor amphitheater. I've always received a warm reception from the the people of this area. There is a down to earth mentality and a charm not commonly found in other places. If you're looking for quality photography subject matter, a stroll through New Salem State Park will provide you with plenty of opportunity. The original town was faithfully reconstructed from the recollections and assistance of original residents. There are even a few areas that are yet original (such as the Cooper Shop).
  • We had fun, learning about New Salem. The park was well-maintained, and the staff and volunteers were all very helpful and knowledgeable. The kids made some yarn dolls, which was a fun way to learn about history. The only thing we didn't like was the bugs, but it's an outdoor park, so that's not exactly something they can control! We will be back, and next time we will bring bug spray.

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