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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
217-785-7960
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Ranked #5 of 31 attractions in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Government Buildings
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Painstakingly rebuilt after being disassembled in the 1960s, this Greek Revival masterpiece saw Lincoln serve as a lawyer and legislator. In 1858,... more » 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. « less
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

To think that we are walking the same floors that Abraham Lincoln walked more than 100 years ago. Very interesting. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable.

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This place was awesome and completely worth the visit! It's free admission and there's plenty to explore.

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Wheelersburg, Ohio, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The story of the building itself is very interesting as it was lifted to add another level, then completely dismantled and rebuilt to 1860 appearance as it was when Lincoln walked there.

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Columbus, OH
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96 reviews 96 reviews
35 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

When you enter this historical building you senses are filled with what it was like to be there in Lincoln's time. They have the seat where he sat with a hat and shaw, his actual desk is off to the side. You can sit in the reconstructed one and visit the other rooms as this is not longer a "working... More

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Danbury, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We enjoyed visiting here very much! The building outside is majestic, yet it's very deceiving. Upon entering, you see the beautiful staircase and all sorts of rooms along both sides. You enter on the 4th floor, and can go up to the 5th floor where here are yet more rooms to explore. We walked into one of the rooms to... More

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Madison, Wi
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A must see site. Building has been restored to look like Capitol back in Lincoln's time. Take the tour. They also have singers, and actors portraying people from the time period.

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Shiloh, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Happened to run into Mr. Lincoln himself (actor) giving a walking tour on Friday June 13. The State of IL park service presents these tours on Fridays in the summer. Mr. Lincoln will walk with you from his boyhood home to the law office where he wrote his 1st inaugurational address. From there you are on to the old courthouse... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Visiting this site expands your knowledge of Lincoln's time in Springfield. Different entities have had possession of the Old State Capitol through the years, so much of the original interior is in process of being restored. There are a number of actual artifacts, though. You get much more information from a guided tour than you would just walking through. In... More

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Campton Hills
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Guide was newly hired, so was a little flustered with questions but in general gave a good presentation. The historical environment in the building was impressive. Allow 2 hours.

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Lancashire
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50 reviews 50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Wonderful building which is really well kept. Attended a talk by a costumed actor describing the Civil War.....very interesting and entertaining. Worth a visit

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