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Old State Capitol

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Start at the History Center

Start at the History Center and hopefully you will get David for your guide. He was excellent and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bill L
Buffalo, New York
Old KY State Capital Tour

Roger gave a GREAT tour! Interesting stories and trivia, along with art and architectural features... read more

Reviewed November 3, 2018
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The Old Capitol is privvy to some of Kentucky's speckled history. Free guided and self-guided tours are available.
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300 W Broadway St, Frankfort, KY 40601-1980
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Start at the History Center and hopefully you will get David for your guide. He was excellent and showed us an amazing suspended staircase you have to see to believe.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bill L
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Roger gave a GREAT tour! Interesting stories and trivia, along with art and architectural features. Antidotes of historical figures were fascinating, and some rather humorous!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 17, 2018

We had an excellent tour guide who was very informative & knowledgeable of Kentucky State History, and made the experience very enjoyable. This tour was included with the purchase of admission for the Thomas D Clark Center for Kentucky History (which is also a must...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

Didn't get to go inside but enjoyed reading the plaques and walking around the outside. The pillars are massive.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

I stopped by the Frankfort Museum and was suggested I see a few local historical places so I went to the Kentucky Historical Society where I found out about a few tours available, one being the Old State Capitol so I jumped on it. The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dewayne P
Reviewed August 22, 2018

Buy one ticket and see this great structure along with the KY Military Museum and the state's history museum. Top attractions in Frankfort, unless you're there for the bourbon.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

This place is full of history. Small when compared to the new capitol building but recently restored to as nearly original as can be determined. Some ongoing restoration. The guide presents an interesting account of the assassination of Governor William Justus Goebel who was shot...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 4, 2018

I took an educational, entertaining guided tour of the Old Kentucky State Capitol Building on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The building may only be visited via a guided tour. The guided tours begin with a walk to the Old State Capitol Building from the Thomas...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank James G
Reviewed June 17, 2018 via mobile

It was very nice to see this beautiful piece of history! The walking guided tour was great from the Kentucky museum! It was full of information and plenty of photo opportunities! Beautiful place to visit!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Laura J
Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

Could not go on a tour as I was there on a Sunday, but from the outside, you have to go. We were able to walk up to it and just be there.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Response from Sharon W | Reviewed this property |
Tour are included with your admission at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky. History Tours available Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tours start at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky... More
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Oakville, Missouri
One Day in Springfield with grandchildren (ages 8 and 10) (6 Replies)
My husband and I will be bringing our granchildren (girl and boy) to Springfield for a day of touring. I know we want to go to the Lincoln Museum and his tomb. I've been looking at other things to do knowing we won't have a lot of time. I'm considering the Old State Capitol and the new Capitol. Not sure if we need to do both. I see also that there is the Pythian Castle which looks interesting. I thought we might see the outside of his house but not tour the inside. Old Salem is a possibility...More
July 15, 2013|
Response fromWarriorjan|
I would guess that by the time you go to the Museum and the Tomb, coupled with lunch, you won't really have time to go to New Salem as well. Seeing his house doesn't really take that long and you are there anyway so why not? I would tour the old capitol over the new one, personally.
Columbus, Ohio
My Way Too Long Chicago (plus) Trip Report (10 Replies)
Our family (wife, two teenage boys, and me) made our trip in July. We stayed at Fox River Resort in Sheridan. We booked through RCI as a swap (for cost reasons). Our initial plan was to do a couple day trips to Chicago, a day trip to Springfield, and a couple days in the Fox River area. So it looked like a good base, but ended up not. We ended up doing more day trips to Chicago than expected. In retrospect we should have stayed in the city (as the Destination Experts will tell you). But it...More
August 01, 2017|
Response fromRegajohn|
Thank you very much for coming back and reporting on your adventures !! :-)