Join the Lincoln Heritage Water Trail Association for the Sangamon River Fall Foliage Float & Candlelight Tour of Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site.
Paddlers will enjoy a short, leisurely float down the Sangamon River to Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site where the fall colors, quiet vistas, and shadows of the past signal the changing seasons. Joining you along your journey on Lincoln’s river will be staff from the Illinois State Museum and Dickson Mounds State Museum, who will provide unique perspectives on the history of the river and where evidence of creatures and cultures may yet remain hidden not so far below the river’s reach.
Once off the water, you will be greeted by a bonfire, wiener-roast, and traditional tastes of autumn. Here, stories of legends and lore will spin back to life among the swirling smoke and rustling leaves. And, in Illinois’ early prairie pioneering years, there was no greater mysterious and unexplained myth than that of the Legend of the Piasa ~ Storm Bird, that is said to lurk both below water’s edge and above in the dark expanses of starless skies.
As dusk approaches you will leave the riverside area and head to the New Salem Visitor’s Center where the Candlelight Tour begins at 7:00pm and continues to 9:00pm.
The Tour offers the only opportunity to see the village at night. 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. The Candlelight tour is also offered Friday the 2nd and Sunday, October 4th.