Widely recognized as one
of the greatest and most influential
U.S. Presidents, Abraham Lincoln looms
large in shaping many of the most
important events in American History.
And, he happened to grow
up just down the street!
Lincoln’s New Salem
State Historic Site
Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site
is a restoration of the village where
Abraham Lincoln lived during the 1830’s.
Touch history and feel the emotion of
yesterday with exhibits and
re-enactments from the 19th century.
Experience the environment where Lincoln
transformed himself from a self-admitted
“aimless piece of driftwood” into a
merchant, surveyor, postmaster, and
captain of local Militia.
Lincoln’s New Salem is a professionally
managed State Park with many activities,
and an outdoor amphitheatre, the New
Salem Theatre in the Park. Visit the
New Salem Theatre
in the Park
This popular live outdoor theatre has
several presentations throughout much of
the year. For a schedule and
description of coming attractions.
Calendar of Events page for
listings, or go directly to their
Born January 1813 she was said to be
Abraham Lincoln's first love. Her death
in 1835 at the age of 22 is claimed to
be the cause of Lincoln's first known
severe depression. Although the
relationship is not 100% proven, if the
actual New Salem residents are to be
believed, the validity of the affair was
very real. The gravesite is less than a
mile from the Lodge.
Edgar Lee Masters
This author is most famous for writing
"Spoon River Anthology". His boyhood
home is right in Petersburg, located
just 5 blocks away, an easy drive or
short walk from the lodge.
Birthplace of the
Peter McCue is recognized as the father
of the American Quarterhorse. Sired in
Menard County, his combination of speed,
power, and endurance made him very
popular. A magnificent stud, he
produced several champions. Some of his
records still stand today, nearly 100
years after he was born. Visitors to
Menard County can visit a memorial of
this famous steed.
New Salem Country
This specialty entertainment opens every
Saturday evening and is followed by many
country music fans who like their
Surveyor's Museum &
Menard County Historical Society
The Illinois Professional Land
Surveyors Association has placed several
significant displays of early surveyors
artifacts in the structure housing the
Menard County Historical Society. The
Society is a great place to do
genealogy research or catch up the
early history of the area. This
interesting display is free of charge
and is located just a few blocks from
the Lodge on the town square. The
surveyor of Petersburg? Abraham Lincoln!
To make a
or call +1 (217) 632-0202
Toll Free 1-866-459-3040