The last two times I have been to New Salem – it’s been in February. Which means that the last two times I’ve been to New Salem, we’ve been the only tourists there.

Last time there wasn’t anyone in the village (just in the visitor’s center). This time, there were two “costumed people” in the first cabin. Mostly the kids had the run of the village (well, so did we – but we didn’t actually run).

Lincoln moved to New Salem when he was 22 and he lived there for six years. It was here he read law text books and learned to be a lawyer. Also, this was the place that Ann Rutledge’s father owned the tavern – historians have debated ever since whether or not Ann was Lincoln’s first true love. She died of typhoid at age 22 and many say her death sent Lincoln into depression. But no one really knows.

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