Later going on to become president, Abraham Lincoln worked as a young man to survey what would soon be the county seat. Though nearby New Salem was eventually abandon, it still remains closely attached to the city today.

The vision of a rascally pair of speculators, Peter Lukins and George Warburton, Petersburg began as a real estate venture. A colorful local legend credits the town's name to a round of cards, it's said that if not for a winning hand todays residents would be living in Georgetown.

Built on the bluffs overlooking the Sangamon River, Petersburg takes great pride in a history of lush architecture. With a resurgence of restored Victorian-era homes, you'll find a growing number of quaint bed-n-breakfast inns available for that special overnight stay.

Surrounded mostly by farmland, Petersburg is arboreal in contrast. Maples and oaks stand as a majority of the foliage that line the streets. History awaits around every turn, yours to discover. Famous for the book of poetry "Spoon River Anthology" and more, the childhood home of Edgar Lee Masters stands at the corner of 8th and Jackson. Rumored to be Abraham Lincoln's first girlfriend, Ann Rutledge is buried in Oakland Cemetery and Major Benjamin F. Stephenson MD, father of The Grand Army of the Republic, counts his final resting place as the Rose Hill Cemetery.

Known for it's small town quaintness, Petersburg and the surrounding area offers a variety of things to do from Antique shops, Eateries & Social Establishments to Bed and Breakfasts to see or stay at for the visitor who wants to make more than a day of it.

History awaits around every corner

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