Springfield, Illinois: Lincoln Country
Lincoln sites near Springfield
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site Visit a re-creation of young Lincoln's 1830s town. Interpreters (left) chronicle frontier life, and self-guided walking tours weave through a tavern, store, one-room school and timbered houses near Petersburg, about 20 miles northwest of Springfield.
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site Lincoln's father and stepmother, Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, lived on a farm in Lerna (about 100 miles southeast of Springfield) during the 1840s. Today, visitors can see a reproduction of the two-room cabin, furnished with 1840s-era items, and learn about 19th-century rural life.