Old State Capitol State Historic Site
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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

Old State Capitol State Historic Site
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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. It is currently closed for restoration and site improvements.
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Steve R
Macon, GA579 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
I visited here several years ago and returned with my wife. While we did not get to go inside the historic markers around the grounds are worth the walk. To visit inside and see it much the same as when Lincoln walked the halls was memorable. Pot bellied stoves to heat the cold legislative halls is remarkable.
Written July 13, 2020
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Michelle R
Elgin, IL365 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
As of June 10, 2021, "The Old State Capitol will be closed due a preservation project until further notice." You can still walk around the block on the outside of the gates and see the statues of the Lincoln family and visit the Visitor's Center. When I walked by, there were construction crews actively working on the dome and later, there was a musician giving a small concert.
Written June 12, 2021
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BigMerk
Glasgow, UK2,523 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We had already visited the current State Capitol,and decided to visit the Old Capitol. The building is unmissable and unmistakable. It’s very picturesque but sadly it was closed when we were there due to ongoing works so we only saw the exterior. Maybe next time!
Written October 7, 2023
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longandshortofit
Overland Park, KS137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is a wonderful piece of history. Lincoln served here briefly; it is the site of his famous "house divided" speech. Thousands visited when he lay in state here after his death. We arrived when it first opened and were given an overview before we toured on our own.
Written May 7, 2022
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Sydney
Saint Louis, MO212 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This site is self-guided so you can spend as much or as little time as you'd like, but half an hour was plenty for my family. Great stop on a Lincoln Tour. Beautiful interior with a rich history.
Written March 4, 2023
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trimic
Black Mountain, NC351 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Almost decided not to visit since it was our last day in Springfield and we wanted to continue our trip. However, since it was near our b&b we decided to make a quick stop. This was a good decision. We ended up spending about an hour touring the old state capital. They had done a good job in keeping the building pretty much as it was. It was moving to stand in the very room where Lincoln had laid in state.
Written September 29, 2022
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John H
Asheville, NC7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Almost decided not to visit since it was on our last day in Springfield and we wanted to continue our trip. However, since it was near our b&b we decided to make a quick stop. This was a good decission. We ended up spending about / hours tour the old state capital. It was a little moving to stand in the room where Lincoln had laid following the assination. They had done a great job in keeping the capital pretty much just as it was.
Written September 28, 2022
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Tina L
Chicago, IL271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
We had time to spare so we walked around found some sculptures in the area and took some pics. The old State Capitol building wasn’t open due to construction but we were able to take photos outside.
Written March 23, 2022
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Maria H
Decatur, IL172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011
A visit to Springfield and Lincoln sites would not be complete without a visit to the Old State Capitol. Here Mr. Lincoln gave his famous "house divided" speech. The capitol has been maintained in the style from Mr. Lincoln's time.

If you can schedule your visit to coincide with one of the many period dress tours or Lemonade/cookie days, you will get more from the experience.

Either way, it is a great place to experience Mr. Lincoln's pre-president life.
Written March 30, 2012
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Roland L
40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
A short walkthrough this building and you'll get a view of many historical items. And you can see where Lincoln sat while in the House in the state legislature.
Written June 23, 2016
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