Petersburg

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 Cemetery in Petersburg. 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, are numerous wineries and the Jim Edgar Panther Creek outdoor recreation area.

For more information:

Menard County Tourism Office
http://visitmenardcounty.com/

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Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
15588 History Ln Petersburg, Illinois 62675

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Go back nearly two centuries in time as you walk the streets of reconstructed New Salem, the village where Abraham Lincoln lived as a young man. See where he split rails, clerked in a store and served as postmaster, among other positions that influenced him to eventually become the Great Emancipator. Watch and interact as history comes to life through the costumed characters of the people who lived here more than 150 years ago.

Engaging special events, including music festivals and candlelight tours, take place throughout the year at Lincoln's New Salem.

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RiverBank Lodge
522 S. 6th Street Petersburg, Illinois 62675

Passport Site

Hours: Open 24/7. Riverbank Lodge is located near Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site and the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area in Petersburg, Illinois.

 

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Lincoln in Petersburg
199 S. 6th St. Petersburg, Illinois 62675

Wayside Exhibit

Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits tell the stories of Lincoln’s life and times in Illinois.  Each wayside exhibit tells a unique Lincoln story and a local story.  Many of the waysides share little known stories about Lincoln and the individuals he interacted with.  There are over 260 Looking for Lincoln waysides in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.    

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Lincoln the Surveyor
121S 7th St. Petersburg, Illinois 62675

Wayside Exhibit

Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits tell the stories of Lincoln’s life and times in Illinois.  Each wayside exhibit tells a unique Lincoln story and a local story.  Many of the waysides share little known stories about Lincoln and the individuals he interacted with.  There are over 260 Looking for Lincoln waysides in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.    

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The Survey on Petersburg
121 S 7th St. Petersburg, Illinois 62675

Wayside Exhibit

Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits tell the stories of Lincoln’s life and times in Illinois.  Each wayside exhibit tells a unique Lincoln story and a local story.  Many of the waysides share little known stories about Lincoln and the individuals he interacted with.  There are over 260 Looking for Lincoln waysides in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.    

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