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
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
[Chris Wills, Illinois Historic