We still have 2 days to camp in the Springfield Fairgrounds before driving to our storage place next to St.Louis,today we visited Lincolns New Salem State Historic site and tomorrow we will do laundry and start getting the trailer ready for the winter and maybe have time to see a part of a dog show on taking place on the premises.
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, about 2 miles South of Petersburg and about 20 miles Northwest of Springfield, is a reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln spent his early adulthood. The six years Lincoln spent in New Salem formed a turning point in his career. Although he never owned a home here, Lincoln was engaged in a variety of activities while he was at New Salem. He clerked in a store, split rails, enlisted in the Black Hawk War, served as postmaster and deputy surveyor, failed in business, and was elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 1834 and 1836 after an unsuccessful try in 1832.
Although we knew the main historic facts ,the 4 days listening and mainly seeing with our eyes the places where Lincoln lived worked and died where very interesting and made the events alive for us,we enjoyed every minute.
Among the stories we herd was one told about how young Lincoln 22 years old ended living in Petersburg IL : Lincoln was hired to work on a boat loaded with hugs sailing towards St.Louis,the boat got stuck on the way next to Petersburg and they had to spend time in the place till help came round,Lincoln decided to stay and work in the village leaving only after 6 years in which his career took a turn,,,,,,,, and all the rest is HISTORY.
On the way back we stopped in Petersburg and there too we found Lincolns “foot steps” .
Here is a shot I took in the main square (Spooky….)