A party of several men will be "viewing"
(surveying) a road through New Salem village using period
surveying instruments. The surveyors will explain to the general
public their use of the instruments and the practice of surveying
during the 1830s. The Illinois Professional Land Surveyors will have
a display of antique and modern surveying instruments in the New
Salem Visitors Center both days.
Abraham Lincoln, who lived in
New Salem for six years, was the deputy surveyor for Sangamon County
in the mid-1830s, and his original surveying instruments are on
permanent display in the visitors center.
The "Surveying at New Salem"
event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the New
Salem Lincoln League and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency,
which administers Lincoln's New Salem.
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site is located on Route 97 about
two miles south of Petersburg. It is open Wednesday through Sunday
for free public tours, although a donation of $2 for adults and $1
for children is suggested.
Historic Preservation Agency