Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675, United States

Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site is a reconstruction of the former village of New Salem in Menard County, Illinois, where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1831 to 1837. While in his twenties, the future U.S. President made his living in this village as a boatman, soldier in the Black Hawk War, general store owner, postmaster, surveyor, and rail-splitter, and was first elected to the Illinois General Assembly.

Opening hours

May - October, open 7 days per week, from 9 am to 5 pm.
November - April, open Wednesday - Sunday, from 9 am to 4 pm.
Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year's Day.



Services & facilities

  • Parking
  • Picnic area


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