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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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Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This is not the original building of the Old Capitol but it has been restored back to it's original state and is worth a look. We didn't take the free tour due to time constraints but just going inside to see the awesome staircase alone was worth the short walk from the Lincoln home site. There are greeters at the... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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109 reviews 109 reviews
66 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We had been told that Tinsley's Dry Goods Store had moved to the Old State Capitol, so we headed there to check out the gift shop. We went in and found the gift shop, we then decided to walk around the building. It is a gorgeous building, even though it is not the original building (we had been given a... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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78 reviews 78 reviews
35 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

There is an option of a self-tour or guided tour, take the guided tour. You can access to certain chambers, and of course gain depth into the historic events that took place here. You will also learn some gems such as U. S. Grant spent time working in this building early in his military career. Of course all of the... More

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Chickamauga, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I would recommend this site. There is not an admission charge and it is one of few tourist attractions in Springfield. RECOMMENDED.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
21 helpful votes 21 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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