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“Worth the trip from Springfield”

Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
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Owner description: Lincoln's New Salem is a reproduction of 18th century New Salem, Illinois, where the ex-President once lived as a young man.
Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

We drove from Springfield, not really knowing what to expect, but this is a really pleasant place, with nice and informative employees. Not all the buildings were open all the time, but we had fun in the chapel/school, blacksmiths, coopers, leather worker, and tavern. It was a good couple of hours and we'd visit again if we were in the area.

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

We spent a long weekend in the Springfield area and visited New Salem on one of our stops. This is a well-kept FREE museum. On the day we went, there were some reenactments which our children enjoyed. We went with 6 people - ages 5 to upper 60's and we all enjoyed it. The paths are now paved which is nice for strollers/wheelchairs, however on most if not all houses, there is a step or two to see into the log cabins. If you want the full experience, also visit the Lincoln Museum and Lincoln House - you will learn so much about this fascinating president!

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

New Salem is a short drive from Springfield and easy to get to. It was not very crowded when we visited during the week. The weather was not great and it was cold for July. The site is very well done and gives a great idea of what it was like to like in the backwoods in the 1830's. The visitor center was nicely done. Unfortunately, there were not many re-enactors in the village. The food options are limited. We spent two hours there. It was worth the visit and very education for our child. The best part was it was free.

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

It was a beautiful day and the walk around the cabins really made you step back in time. It is about a 30 minutes ride outside of Springfield. We were there on a Friday and it was really quiet. The cabins were cool but if there was nobody in them (costumed workers/volunteers) it was kind of hard to know who and what they were used for. I spoke with one of the gentleman there and he said the funding was cut from the Governor and there is only a handful of employees most are volunteers. He said they have funding "for now" but the future is unsure. There is no admittance fee just a "suggested donation". The movie explaining the place is very good and gives an idea of what you are about to see. A must see if you are visiting Springfield.

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

We stopped at this state historic site only to visit the New Salem village, but there appears to be a beautiful campground as well. The visitor center has an short movie (20 min?) that explains Lincoln's time at New Salem. Watching the movie first will put the village in perspective. The village itself is not that big - nor was it during his time. Great settlement recreation including one of the actual original buildings. Takes you back in time and gives you a sense of how good we have it today with modern amenities. There is a gift shop at the far end of the village which not only provides air conditioning on a very hot day but unique wares including items made by volunteers who work at New Salem (yarn, soap, etc.). There is another small café/bookstore near the visitor center which makes great smoothies. The volunteers add so much to the atmosphere and transporting you back to Lincoln's time. Very friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. Lincoln spent only a few years of his life in New Salem, but it was here that he discovered his interest and passion to become a senator which would later lead to his ambition to be president. Beautiful wooded area - lots of trees to provide shade as you walk. Terrain is easy to walk through. There is a main paved path and wood chip paths. We spent about 1 .5 hours for our visit. There is not an entrance fee, but there is a suggested donation. Suggested family donation was $10.

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