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Illinois

Lincoln’s New Salem

Abraham Lincoln spent six years of his early adulthood in New Salem.

It was here that he clerked in a store, chopped wood, enlisted in the Black Hawk War, served as postmaster and deputy surveyor, failed in business, and in 1834 was elected to the Illinois General Assembly.

Today this recreated village has 23 authentically reproduced buildings, including Rutledge Tavern, a carding mill, the Lincoln-Berry Store, Miller’s Blacksmith Shop, the village school, and log homes. Seasonal annual festivals in the village celebrate pioneer life mid-1800’s style.

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