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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
217-785-7960
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Ranked #6 of 32 Attractions in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Mrs & I had no plans to see the old capitol but just happened to be walking by it so went in. Very much enjoyed the experience. There were not any tours that we were made aware of but the agents walking around were happy to answer questions.

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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Very moving and loved the opportunity to see where so much history had taken place. Loved the knowledge that this is where Abe Lincoln was so involved in the history of Illinois and America.

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Westerville, Ohio
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18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

We got lots of history from a sweet lady dressed in character. Plenty of people to help with questions and give background information. Learned a lot. Everything here can be seen in about 20 minutes. FREE!!

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Schererville, Indiana
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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I was sort of amazed at how small the state capitol used to be. Maybe Illinois wouldn't be in such terrible financial condition if it were still that small. We didn't take a tour we just walked through and took pictures. Maybe it was just us being tired at the end of a long day but I really didn't get... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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35 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Visit the place where Lincoln practiced law. On the steps of this building is where Lincoln announced h is candidacy as well as B Obama. Within walking distance of many other sites. Near many downtown restaurants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Wonderful stop. We did the self-guided tour and the interpretive signs were very informative. The staff member was very helpful in making sure we saw the Representative chamber upstairs where Lincoln laid in state after his funeral and also gave his "house divided" speech. It was a great tour!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

It was really cool to see how our government did business in the past and to see how they got things done. Its a very nice building with great staff.

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Whiteville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

We toured the Old State Capitol building, and it was truly fascinating. It was interesting to see how the library was laid out, and to know that Lincoln, as well as Steven Douglas, worked there. The differences in the first floor versus the second floor were amazing.

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Morris, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Our tour guide was the best. She was very enthusiastic and gave a wonderful tour. She had a lot of insider information to share with our tour group.

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Atchison, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The old state capitol is very interesting. There is a great deal of history there. We visited on Saturday. Just a note, it is not open on Sunday.

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