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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

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Address: 5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
Phone Number: 217-785-7960
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Nice history visit!

This is an awesome old building, takes you back to think how simple compared to newer buildings. For kids, doesn't hold attention long but still its part of Illinois heritage and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Middletown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is an awesome old building, takes you back to think how simple compared to newer buildings. For kids, doesn't hold attention long but still its part of Illinois heritage and for us who appreciate the antiques and old structures, this is nice. Great historical info here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The Old a State Capitol is very nice considering when it was built. Lots if great history from volunteer tour guides and great displays!

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Minneapolis, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

One of the more interesting facts about this splendid old building was revealed by a grizzled old bus driver, waiting for his gaggle of school kids to return. "This building used to be four stories tall," he said, "but they cut it down to two." It turns out he was correct. This building has been carefully restored, more or less... More 

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Florissant, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The staff met you at the door and offered information from the get go. You walk through on your own but the staff are always close by to answer any questions they are both informative and friendly. This is a free site donations are accepted.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The Old State Capitol is a great piece of Illinois history. It is not a large structure as you might have imagined and can be quickly toured when visiting other sites in Springfield.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The rooms within the Old State Capitol look they way they did when Lincoln practiced law in Springfield. The building was completely reconstructed in the 1960’s and contains hundreds of historical artifacts that give you a terrific picture of what life was like back in the1800‘s. After Lincoln’s death in 1865, his body lay in state in the Hall of... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Make sure you see the old capitol which is located right down town. It is a place to see and it is full of history. A lincoln place to be.

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We visited during the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Burial and tho it was busy with many spectators, the Staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Amazing site.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

You can't help but notice this building as you are travelling into the capitol complex in downtown Springfield. The place is nicely kept up, the exterior is beautiful and there is a lot of historical things on the inside. Take your time and enjoy the walk back in time.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This was the best. The rooms are set up as if Lincoln would be walking in at any time. The outside is impressive with the giant sandstone columns outside.

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