Just down the road from Pleasant Plains, you’ll find the Clayville Historic Site – one of the National Heritage Area’s hidden gems. Established by the Broadwell family in 1824, the Broadwell Inn at Clayville would serve as a stagecoach stop and public house until 1847. During that tie stagecoach passengers, freight caravans, cattle drovers and lawyers like Lincoln riding the judicial circuit would stop to rest and prepare for the next leg of their journey. Today, the Broadwell Inn has been lovingly restored to capture the spirit of the 19th century stagecoach stop. The site features some wonderful living history festivals throughout the year.
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Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
15588 History Ln Petersburg, Illinois 62675
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.
Clayville Historic Site
125 Co Hwy 9C Pleasant Plains, Illinois 62677
Constructed by the Broadwell family as a stagecoach stop between Springfield and Beardstown in 1824, the Inn is the oldest brick building in Sangamon County. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Inn is surrounded by numerous other historic buildings from central Illinois that were moved to Clayville in the 1960s to recreate an early frontier pioneer village. Come discover a unique piece of Illinois history.
2021 Schedule of Events
May 15: Hammer-in blacksmith event
June 23: Chris Vallillo music
September 18 & 19 Fall Festival
December 4: Christmas with Santa
December 10 & 11 Candlelight Christmas
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