- Historic Sites
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
Everyone acquainted with the Village of New Salem realizes it is more than a collection of log homes and buildings. It is the reconstruction of a Time and Place that enabled a once poor common man like Abraham Lincoln to rise to national prominence and importance through his own diligence and drive. The six years Lincoln spent in the Village formed the turning point in his previously aimless life, for it was at New Salem that he decided to set out upon a career of Law and Statesmanship.
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site preserves those hard years of Lincoln's life and those of his fellow pioneers in a "living museum." It represents a special place in our nation's history, and people from other nations all over the world visit the site each year.