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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

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Address: 5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
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Painstakingly rebuilt after being disassembled in the 1960s, this Greek...

Painstakingly rebuilt after being disassembled in the 1960s, this Greek Revival masterpiece saw Lincoln serve as a lawyer and legislator. In 1858, Lincoln delivered his landmark "House Divided" speech in the Capitol's Representatives Hall.

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This site is amazing. So much history. The curators were super helpful. So much history from Lincoln, to Grant, to Obama.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This site is amazing. So much history. The curators were super helpful. So much history from Lincoln, to Grant, to Obama.

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lake geneva, wi
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed this site. Though not all of the furnishings are original to the building, they are period correct and really give you a feel for what it looked like back in the day. There was one table they document from when Lincoln would have been in the court house--perhaps he sat there?! This is a quick visit, but... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you are in or near Springfield, take some time to walk through the Old Capitol. It's in the center of a charming town square and a block away from the Lincoln Museum and Library. It's a fascinating look at a time in Illinois history when state government actually worked.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This building has beautiful architecture and allows visitors to see the state capitol that Lincoln was familiar with after the capital was moved to Springfield from Vandalia. The pillars of the north entrance appear to need some serious maintenance on them, but the building is a real gem.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Old State Capitol should be on the list for any Springfield visitor. Visitors can experience a self guided tour of the former statehouse or take advantage of on site interpretive staff. The site also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including an Art Fair in May and time period demonstrations.

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Sherman, Mississippi, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lawmakers were in session. Gallery available for public viewing of events on the floor of house or senate. Check the calendar if you want to see the lawmakers in session. They meet a few days each week January through May. Secretary of State office will provide guided tour of the Capital while stating fact about the beauty of the building.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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It was nice to be a part of the atmosphere in which a young Lincoln would have begun his stellar career. Would have preferred that the tour was guided so that we could have learned more. The building has been beautifully renewed.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The exterior of this building is impressive and the interior was definitely historic. My wife and I were able to crash a school tour and the tour guide for the Old Capital Building was very informative. She pointed out things that I would not have know doing the tour on our own. The Lincoln-Douglas history was especially interesting. We spent... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great building, part of US and Illinois history. A place to stop when visitnf Springfield. The architecture of building is worth to see.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Old State Capitol is within easy walking distance of the Lincoln Museum and very well maintained, especially considering Illinois' budget problems! To walk the same floors as Mr. Lincoln is moving and remarkable. As at all of the other Lincoln sites we visited, the docents were eager to share their knowledge and so pleasant, even with the large school... More 

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