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Lincoln's New Salem Village, IL

  • Also Known As: Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
  • Also Known As: New Salem State Park

  • Type: US State Park
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

Located about 2 miles South of Petersburg and about 20 miles Northwest of Springfield in central Illinois, Lincoln's New Salem Village is an American state park that reconstructs the village where Abraham Lincoln spent his early adulthood.

Twelve log houses, the Rutledge Tavern, ten workshops, stores, mills and a school where church services were held have been reproduced and furnished as they might have been in the 1830s. The furnishings, including many articles actually used by the New Salem people of Lincoln's time and others dating back to the same time period, were assembled and donated to the state by the Old Salem Lincoln League. The collection includes such early-nineteenth-century articles as wheat cradles, candle molds, cord beds, flax hackles, wood cards, dough and cornmeal chests and early American pewter. - AsNotedIn



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1829/00/00 James Rutledge Work James Rutledge and John M Cameron lay out the town of New Salem, Illinois and sell lots of land. James Rutledge will build a tavern and inn for arriving settlers.
1831/00/00 Abraham Lincoln Hometown Abraham Lincoln moves to New Salem, Illinois, and boards briefly at the Rutledge Tavern. Lincoln will make New Salem his hometown until 1837.
1835/08/25 Ann Rutledge Died Ann Rutledge, an early sweetheart of Abraham Lincoln, dies at the age of 22 of typhoid in the town of New Salem.
1922/00/00 The cooper shop is returned to New Salem, it had been moved to Petersburg in 1840.

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Particulars for Lincoln's New Salem Village, IL:
Cultural Affiliation American
Sight Category Historic District
Attribute Moved property
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Area of Significance Politics-government
Disposition Reconstructed Property
Owner State
Locale Type US State Park
Historic Use Village site

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 72000464
Resource Type:
Owner: State
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: No style listed
Level of Significance: National; State
Area of Significance: Politics-government
Applicable Criteria: Person
Criteria Consideration: Moved property, Significance of less than fifty years, Reconstructed property
Cultural Affiliation: American
Period of Significance: 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1831, 1837, 1922
Associated People: Lincoln,Abraham
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Village site
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

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