The Abraham Lincoln Travel Route Through Menard County
Abraham Lincoln lived in the village of New Salem, currently Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, from 1831 - 1837. Lincoln stopped in Athens, Illinois in the eastern part of the county during his trips to Springfield as this was the shortest route. While in the legislature, Mr. Lincoln worked to establish the boundary lines that have separated Menard from Sangamon county since 1839.
Lincoln’s New Salem is located two miles south of Petersburg on IL Route 97, just 20 miles from Springfield, Illinois. The park is open year ‘round and offers self-guided tours through the restored village. Interpreters can often be seen in period clothing and tell the stories of the individual cabins and life in the 1830s during Lincoln’s time here. The village is home to major festivals throughout the year and hosts Theatre in the Park with outdoor performances throughout the summers.