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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 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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Augusta, GA
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481 reviews 481 reviews
216 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We toured the building and were lucky enough to hear impersonators of Grant and another general on the Confederate side speaking in the old courtroom about their impressions about the end of the Civil War. There are also some other ladies in there in character willing to tell you about their wares and goods.

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Niagara Falls, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

My grandson, a ten-year-old Civil War enthusiast, had the opportunity to meet Ulysses S Grant and John Littlefield and was spellbound. Interesting to see where Lincoln made his "A House Divided" speech.

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Belmont
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Great building to walk around and get pictures. About 6 blocks from the Lincoln Museum. They just don't build them like this anymore.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Abraham Lincoln spent a great deal of time at the Old State Capitol as a member of the State legislature and as a lawyer arguing cases before the Illinois Supreme Court. While there is posted information in each room of the building, we found it well worth it to take the half-hour tour. Tour groups get greater access to some... More

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Burlington, Wisconsin
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35 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We were recently at the old Capitol in Springfield for the Friday night Lincoln program and impersonation at 5:15. The Lincoln impersonator is so authentic and looks exactly like Abraham Lincoln! The program was actually held on the 2nd floor instead of the 4th floor this week because a blues fest taking places right outside the building would have made... More

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McHenry, Illinois, United States
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14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It's a very cool old looking building I highly recommend going on the tour so you can actually be able the rooms. You can just tour the building yourself if you like. The tour guide was awesome and she was very knowledgeable about the people who worked at the capital back then. It's a nice little stop

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Nice, France
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83 reviews 83 reviews
39 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We joined a tour half way through and learnt a lot. Nice small historic tour which didn't bore the kids.

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Michigan
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Nice building - well preserved. The window glass is still the old wavy glass. Showed where Abe Lincoln worked as a lawyer and when he moved on to public service. Showed where he sat and where he had his funeral. Good Tour.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Okay so the Old Capitol was great to see. The issue is they just don't have the funding to really show case this historical site. The tour guide was awful..... end of story.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is always a favorite stop in Springfield. Just knowing the Lincoln tried cases before the state Supreme Court here and served as a legislator there is inspiring. The guides the day we visited were wonderful. We arrived before the building opened. As the guard was opening the gates to the grounds, he asked if we were planning to come... More

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