Visit Lincoln’s New Salem


Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, about 2 miles South of Petersburg and about 20 miles Northwest of Springfield, is a reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln spent his early adulthood.

Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site

Lincolns New Salem Rd, Petersburg, IL 62675, USA



Trying to find Lincoln’s New Salem?    It’s not far off the beaten track.  If you are traveling Interstate 55,  it’s as easy as 1−2−3.   Just take Exit 109 and follow Illinois 123 west.  Then you can choose whether you want to go through Athens or Petersburg.  Either way, you’ll find Lincoln’s New Salem. 

The route from Springfield is well−marked and easy to follow, too.  Take Jefferson Street west until it becomes Illinois 97.  Follow it until you arrive at Lincoln’s New Salem. 

The GPS coordinates are N39.58.550′ W98.50.511′


A great place for visitors of all ages

This historic site where Lincoln spent 6 years of his young adulthood is open to the public ALL YEAR!  Current hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday thru Sunday.  The Visitor Center offers a short introductory film where you can learn more about what makes Lincoln’s New Salem a wonderful place.  The TimeWalk in the Visitor Center displays artifacts from New Salem’s past and lets you experience the history of the place from its founding at the Saw & Grist Mill to the reconstruction by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  Then it’s out to the village!  History comes alive as you stroll down the lane and visit the log houses where the people of New Salem lived and worked.  It really is a great place to visit!



Illinois's MOST VISITED State Historic Site

Every year, Lincoln's New Salem is visited by more people than any other historic site in Illinois

Numbers tell it all!  Lincoln’s New Salem is THE most visited of all Illinois’s State Historic Sites.  It’s a fun place to visit AND learn.  The whole family can enjoy the peaceful environment and learn more about the early settlers’ lifestyle.

CAMPING is available

Trailers, motor homes or tents All camping sites are shaded and comfortable.

Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site has a modern campground with two shower buildings located within the campground.  There are 200 campsites, of which 100 are electrified. The sites do not have hookups for water or sewer, however, hydrants are available for campers to fill their storage tanks.  A sewage and gray water dump station is located at the edge of the campground.

All campsites are on a first come, first choice basis. Sorry, reservations cannot be accepted. Maximum length of trailer is 40 feet. Maximum length of stay is 14 nights.

All pets must be on a leash and must not be left unattended.

Quiet hours are from 10pm to 7am. Campground is open April 1 – October 31.

For more information visit New Salem’s official site.



The Railsplitter Gift Shop and the Museum Shop both offer unique gifts to take home.

The Railsplitter Gift Shop (just across from the Visitor Center) offers a wide selection of books about Lincoln, early Illinois, and the Civil War.  They also carry a broad selection of t-shirts and souvenirs for all ages.

The Museum Shop, located just behind the Rutledge Tavern, features many one-of-a-kind gifts, including some made by New Salem volunteers!  The only stone building on the site, it was the original New Salem Museum.

The Shops of New Salem are open from April until October – but you can also visit them online!  Check out the Shop tab!

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HIKE the many trails

You can truly "walk where Lincoln walked"

The many miles (10 kilometers) of hiking trails offer a variety hiking opportunities for all skill levels.  And you never know what beauties of nature you may encounter along the way!

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OMGosh Bistro is a great place to get a snack or a light meal

Enjoy delicious food, prepared fresh on-site!  OMGosh Snack Shack features hot sandwiches and  cold ice-cream – guaranteed to please every taste!