Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

Take a walk through a reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln lived for seven years. Groups will discover 19th century life as they stop to take a look inside the many establishments in the village, such as a blacksmith's shop, the schoolhouse, and an archaeology walk. An orientation video in the Visitors Center will introduce them to New Salem and Lincoln's life in the village. All of the establishments in the village are furnished as they would have been in the 1830s, and many of them contain artifacts such as candles, American Pewter, and wool cards.
 
Contact Info 
Address: 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, Illinois 62675. Menard County. Tel: 217-632-4000. Email: hpa.newsalem@illinois.gov. Website: www.lincolnsnewsalem.com. Hrs: Wed.-Sun. 9AM-4PM.  
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Cost: Free.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies. 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Historic Site Lesson Plan

While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, such as Philadelphia’s Independence Hall or Washington D.C.’s National Mall, consider reasons for preserving them. They are historically significant and can be visited, toured, and admired. Students learn about the historical relevance of specific historical sites and the importance of preserving these sites.... Continue