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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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We stopped into the Old State Capitol thinking it would be a fast 15 minute self guided tour. Nope-we jumped on a guided tour which had just started, and had a good, knowledgable... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We stopped into the Old State Capitol thinking it would be a fast 15 minute self guided tour. Nope-we jumped on a guided tour which had just started, and had a good, knowledgable guide with many interesting facts about the old senate, the former governor and on Lincoln himself. Then we got to watch a great performance by an actor... More 

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Ponder, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

You can sit in the same chair that Abe Lincoln did as a State Representative 150+ years ago. Lincoln laid in state in the Representatives' chamber. All rooms have been furnished with original or period items. Docents are well informed and eager to share the history of the building. IF "History Comes Alive" is available, take advantage! Seeing & hearing... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

In this building many great debates took place in the early days of Illinois statehood and even old Abraham Lincoln himself was a legislator within its walls. In the confines of this building Mr. Lincoln delivered his infamous "A house divided.."speech, you can just hear him and Stephen A. Douglas firing verbal volleys to and fro. It is free and... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We passed the old capital on our way from the LIncoln Museum to the Lincoln home. It was neat to see the outside but it is not open to visitors and no tours are operating due to state budget cuts.

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Mesa, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We walked from the Lincoln Home to the capitol with Abe himself. His perspective was very interesting. He then took us to the house chambers and gave the best political speech I have ever heard. He then opened it up for questions. I was impressed by how much he looked like the original Abe, but that he had studied so... More 

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Vouvry
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We just wanted to look around the hotel what ever we can find for distraction. I looked into the place thinking its a church! A guard (security officer) asked me if he can help. It was 7 PM and the visits closed. But 2 of them took their time and let us visit all the interesting rooms of this central... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Great interpretive guides show you through the old capitol and tell stories of what it was like to be there in the early to mid 1800s.

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Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

After visiting the Lincoln Museum, we made the short walk down to the Old Capital. Nice restoration of the Capital Building back to the time of Lincoln. We did not take the tour, but it was interesting to walk around the building and talking to the guides. It was a nice finish to our two days in Springfield.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This was a historic building where young Abraham Lincoln made his mark.both the interior and exterior look quite distinguished. The inner chamber where all the debates took place.

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Robinson, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

You will enjoy this beautiful, historic building - you have the feeling of stepping back in time when you walk through the huge oak doors of this magnificent building. Walking up the staircase you can imagine young Abraham Lincoln taking the steps two at a time!

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Additional Information about Old State Capitol State Historic Site

Address: 5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
Phone Number: 217-785-7960
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Springfield
Open Hours:
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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