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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

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Address: 5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
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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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So much history

I wasn't aware of the Old State Capital but I'm glad I found it. Very well maintained and full of such history. Seeing the room which Lincoln was viewed by thousands after he died... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I wasn't aware of the Old State Capital but I'm glad I found it. Very well maintained and full of such history. Seeing the room which Lincoln was viewed by thousands after he died was solemn yet inspiring. The signs throughout gave much history. It's free, but they encourage you to make a donation which I did of course.

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East Moline, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you love history (like I do) Old State Capitol historic site is not to be missed. My husband and I spent a delightful morning touring this beautiful building. I tip my hat to the volunteers for their wealth of information and dedication in keeping this open. While the new Capitol is shock and awe. The old Capitol is character... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Seemed restored accurately to the time period in which Lincoln served in the Legislature of Illinois and felt the historicity of the desks and the public gallery for citizens to view in the proceedings of that period!

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Wauconda, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I actually think this is worth the stop because it is a cool building with lots of beautiful antiques. The House of Rep room is all set up for business so that was neat, and just to know that Lincoln worked there was cool. They also have a flag that was actually carried in the Civil War, which is pretty... More 

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

If you are downtown and have the time to see the Old State Capital it gives you a comparative to the new Capital building. If you do go take the guided tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Our guide was excellent! He took us on a tour of the entire building, pointing out important artifacts, such as maps and original furniture along with so much informative history and information.

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Garden Prairie, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

$5.00 is the suggested donation. I enjoy history so I really enjoyed this. It's in the area of the Lincoln library and museum. It was easy to find. We thought it was closed until we opened the door. We found several of the attractions like that.

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Burlington, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

The whole state building has been restored and is very interesting. We enjoyed walking through the rooms Abraham once had long ago. A lot of history is in Springfield

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016 via mobile

We have visited a number of State Capitol buildings in the USA, but this was our first 'old' Capitol Building. Although it was only used for about 25 years, it was at an important time in American history

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Eaton, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

It is great they keep this old courthouse going since Abe argued cases here. Sure it pale in comparison to today's large courthouse, but they have done a great job keeping it for historical purposes. A self guided tour with no pressure for donations.

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