New Salem is a reconstructed log village situated in a beautiful 700-acre park. Lincoln came to New Salem in 1831 and left in 1837. He came almost by accident and stayed 6 years. New Salem and the people there had a significant impact on the direction his life took. He began his political career while living in the village and studied law. A trip to New Salem reveals the young Lincoln, but it also recreates the hard prairie life of rural Illinois in the 1830s. Interpreters in period dress often demonstrate the daily tasks and chores of these pioneers who lived here. The site includes a visitor center that houses a small museum and offers a film that orients visitors to the village. The park contains picnic facilities, campgrounds, hiking trails and two restaurants. Please call ahead to confirm hours of operation: 217-632-4000.
On Route 97 – two miles south of Petersburg and 23 miles from Springfield. Can also be accessed from I-55 at the Williamsville exit
Hours of Operation:
May 1 to September 7 - 7 days a week 9-5
September 8 to October 31 Wednesday-Sunday 9-5
November 1-February 28 Wednesday-Sunday 9-4
March 1 to April 30 Wednesday-Sunday 9-5