Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Experience history by candlelight
Lincolnís New Salem offers candlelight tours the nights of October 3 - 5

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[September 30, 2014]  PETERSBURG - Come and experience Lincolnís New Salem after dark.

Candle lanterns will illuminate the 1830s village while fireplaces entice visitors into many of the log buildings of Main Street during the annual Candlelight Walk at Lincolnís New Salem scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The free event is sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the New Salem Lincoln League. The Candlelight Walk offers the only opportunity to see the village at night. The event will be canceled only in the event of severe weather.

Staff and volunteers in period clothing will be inside many of the log homes and shops in the village to talk about life in 19th century Illinois. Gingerbread and cider will be served in the Rutledge Tavern. Live music in the village will be provided by The Prairie Aires. Musicians will perform on traditional instruments such as harps and dulcimers throughout the village.

The Museum Store, Bookstore and Souvenir Shop operated by the New Salem Lincoln League will be open, as will the Visitor Center and the New Salem Tradition Exhibit. OMGosh! Bistro at New Salem will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. all three days.

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Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is located two miles south of Petersburg and 20 miles northwest of Springfield on Route 97. Tours are free, although a donation of $4 for adults, $2 for children and $10 per family is suggested.

For more information, call (217) 632-4000, follow us on Facebook or visit www.lincolnsne

[Chris Wills, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]

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