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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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A step back in time

When my train ended up being more than 2 hours late I decided to take a tour. I joined a tour with about 7 other people. The tour guide was very informative and didn't repeat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

When my train ended up being more than 2 hours late I decided to take a tour. I joined a tour with about 7 other people. The tour guide was very informative and didn't repeat information from other sites, all the information was specific to this site. Several historic and important speeches were made at this site. At the end... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We really enjoyed the visit to this Old State Capital building. The tours are free although a $5 donation is suggested. Our guide was very knowledge and we learned more about Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in addition to a lot of history about the building and how politics were conducted during the Lincoln era.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Lovely old building (although it's been totally re-built) where Lincoln served in the legislature and argued in the IL Supreme Court and then where his body lay in state. The building needs better tour guides, however. The tour was not worth waiting for and the very young guide knew less than the visitors.

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

On our recent visit to Springfield, we must have walked by this Old Capitol a dozen or more times. Each time, I had to stop and look at it again. Such history there, both during Lincoln's time and more recently the site where President Obama announced his Presidential campaign in 2008. Tours are offered foe a nominal donation, but because... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Was a small group of high school students. The tour was great. The guide allowed the students to really have a good look around each section. Donations are appreciated.

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Jewett, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Have to see this grand old building. Kept in the period of Lincoln, it has so many furnishings of the time. "Grant" was performing while we were there, very informative.

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Chatham, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

It's sounds corny, but you will actually be taking a step back in time when you enter this amazing building. It is always interesting, but if you are lucky enough to be here for an event you may find yourself chatting with re-enactors and bumping into Abe.

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Springfield, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

I try to visit at least once a year and, in particular, during the Christmas season when schools decorate trees to bring for display. A donation is all that is required to get a guided tour - or you can go solo.

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Mendota Heights
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Witnessed Abraham Lincoln giving the Gettysburg Address....by an awesome actor portraying Lincoln. The building is beautiful and the history of it very interesting.

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Woodward, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Was a festival weekend so the troubadors were singing accapella in the assembly chambers followed by a visit from Abe himself telling about the war and answering questions. We also bumped into him at a local restaurant and he stopped to talk to my grandkids. No cost and such a terrific experience as was meeting Abe's wife Mary at the... More 

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