Lincoln’s New Salem
Step back in time in the restored village where Lincoln lived, complete with cabins stocked with period antiques. Interpreters in period clothing are often present to explain life during the 1830s. It was here that Lincoln lived between 1831-1837 and experienced much in his young life, including successes and failures as a store clerk and owner, postmaster, enlisted in the Blackhawk War, deputy surveyor, studied law and was elected as a legislator. The Visitor Center offers a short introductory film where you can learn more about what makes Lincoln’s New Salem a wonderful place. The TimeWalk in the Visitor Center displays artifacts from New Salem’s past and lets you experience the history of the place from its founding at the Saw & Grist Mill to the reconstruction by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Then it’s out to the village! History comes alive as you stroll down the lane and visit the log houses where the people of New Salem lived and worked. Current hours are 9 am to 5 pm, every day thru October 30. For more information on New Salem, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.
New Salem is just 2 miles north of Petersburg, where you can find historical attractions, antique shops & boutiques, dining options, Hand of Fate Brewery and more. Better yet, check out our charming lodging options and stay the whole weekend to fully "Discover our History and Experience our Charm".
#1 Visited park in Illinois
New Salem Village
Reenactments on site
Trails at New Salem
Theatre in the Park
Performances are held weekends throughout the summer in the 475 seat outdoor amphitheater with auditorium-style seating with a concession and multi-level stage. To promote citizen awareness of the Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site and to contract with directors and performers to provide live family-oriented entertainment all summer long. In the event of rain, the first 200 ticket holders with marked tickets will be admitted to New Salem’s smaller indoor theater. For more information and for a full list of performances, please visit the Theatre in the Park website or follow them on Facebook