Lincoln’s New Salem State Park Tour

Conventions – Associations – Travel Groups

3 hour guided group tour of New Salem Village

Just north of Springfield about seventeen miles is the 1830s log homes and workshops of New Salem Village where 21-28 year old Abe Lincoln lived and found his footing in life. Here is where he would make his mark in life as a land surveyor, postmaster general, and the owner of a dry goods store. Here is where Lincoln would study law and become a lawyer and make his first political run for office. Explore the historic village under the canopy of the forest and learn about Lincoln’s life that would shape his future as president. 

Hear human stories of Lincoln, how he arrived in New Salem and his boat trip to New Orleans, his village life, his service in the Black Hawk War, how he came to study law, his fight with the village bully, and his first love interest who tragically died young, for example. New Salem is where Lincoln gets his nickname, the Railsplitter.

At New Salem you’ll stand in the original 1830s cooper shop where Lincoln studied his law books at night by firelight. Even look into a mirror that Lincoln saw his own image in. And stand inside his dry goods store and imagine yourself bartering with a young Lincoln for some items. 

Here you can connect to his history and not only see how life was in the 1830s, but interact with living historians performing their trade or craft. Learn how a village depended on each other for survival. 

This tour will be arranged specifically for your group. If you have your own coach transportation and itinerary then this becomes a step-on board tour guide situation. See the Step-on Tour Guide page.

Tour Includes:

  •  Coach transportation
  • Hotel pick up/drop off
  • Tour manager and guide
  • Historical commentary
  • Site donation
After your visit to New Salem you will have a better understanding of how this experience shaped and molded his beliefs as a young aspiring lawyer and politician. Your customers will be more endeared to Lincoln than ever before.

Tour Details:

  • Coach pick up at your hotel
  • 20-minute drive to New Salem
  • Commentary en route
  • 45-minute guided tour of New Salem
  • Remaining time to explore on own
  • 20-minute drive back into Springfield
  • Hotel drop off 
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Each tour is a custom build for your group and pricing depends on the following criteria.

  • Cost of coach/gas
  • Number in group
  • Lunch option
  • Clayville Stage Caoch stop
  • The Long Nine Museum

   Contact us to discuss options and pricing.


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The Rutledge Tavern
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All of our fall tours will follow CDC and State of Illinois COVID guidelines for everyone’s health and safety as much as possible. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided.