Petersburg/New Salem


History comes alive in New Salem every day at this reconstructed historic pioneer village where Lincoln lived and worked as a young man. Just two miles to the north, you’ll find the picturesque community of Petersburg, where many of New Salem’s residents are buried in the historic Oakland Cemetery – including Ann Rutledge – believed by many to be Lincoln’s sweetheart during his time in New Salem. Famed author, Edgar Lee Masters, who lived here and wrote about Lincoln and many inhabitants of New Salem, is also buried in Oakland. His home still stands in Petersburg.

After a visit to New Salem, take some time to visit the charming old town of Petersburg. This lovely, picturesque river town boasts a number of beautiful old Victorian houses, quaint restaurants and boutique shops. Just a short drive from Petersburg, you’ll find the Hill Prairie Winery and the Jim Edgar Panther Creek outdoor recreation area.

Area Attractions
For more info, visit the Menard County Tourism Office official web site at visitmenardcounty.com.
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