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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 32 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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Havertown, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

This building is beautiful and the rooms available for public viewing are well cared for...but there was NOBODY telling you what was going on, no story tellers, etc. We didn't even know the upstairs was available for public viewing and there was nothing about Lincoln's lying in state. Only learned of options and some add'l info/stories when we sought out... More

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Naperville, IL
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We visited the Old State Capitol with their tour guide and found the building fascinating and full of so much history. Our guide shared with our group many stories of Lincoln that were not in the history books. Having been to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum before coming here we were really touched being in the chamber where Lincoln laid... More

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Lawrence, Kansas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Closed Sun. Thru Tues. Very interesting from the outside. Would liked to have seen the inside. Just taking up space with theses words.

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Bourbonnais, Illinois
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15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We explored the Old State Capitol and saw a Civil War character, I believe his name was Andrew something. He had my 10 year old daughter's full attention for at least twenty minutes. The staff was all very friendly.

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CULLMAN
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

great place to see where Lincoln worked. delivers his house divided speak and where his body laid in state.

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curtice
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Beautiful building with all of the rooms and offices furnished in items in Lincoln's time. Tours are free but donations are accepted. Everyone working there was eager to answer any questions.

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Longview, Washington
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36 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This historic Capital building is full of great stories, some original furniture and some excellent replicas. The tour guides are well-informed and enthusiastic without being cheesy.

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Augusta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

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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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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