Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

Historic Site in Central Illinois

When Abraham Lincoln first arrived in Illinois in 1831, he worked variously as a clerk, storekeeper and postmaster in the frontier village of New Salem before studying law and moving to Springfield. In Petersburg, 20 miles northwest of Springfield, Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site reconstructs the village with building replicas, historical displays and costumed performances – a pretty informative and entertaining package.

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