Welcome to Athens, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln Long Nine Museum Historic Site. Visit the historic building that Abraham Lincoln visited on many occasions in his travels between New Salem and Springfield.
Few areas are so rich in history, recreational opportunities, the arts and entertainment as Menard County Illinois. We are home to Lincoln???s New Salem where he spent his formative years and was first elected to the legislature. New Salem features living history and major festivals throughout the year, including live performances every summer at Theatre in the Park. And don???t forget miles of challenging hiking trails, roads for biking, a campground, picnic areas, a boat launch on the river and acres of green space for kids to play safely.