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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 7, 2016
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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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minnesota
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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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Liberal, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

Nice to see the architecture of an old, historic Capitol. Wear walking shoes and can walk to the newer Capitol.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

This place is impressive! Springfield has really paid attention to detail when it comes to capturing what political life was like in the time of Lincoln. You can tour this place yourself or take the guided tour. It's free, but there is a donation box.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

The Old State Capital was an interesting place to visit but hard to learn much (at least on our visit). It started with not even being able to tell if it was even open from the street (nobody much going in or out). Once we ventured to the door, we did find it open. Inside we were quickly greeted, told... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Right in downtown Springfield is the Old State Capitol. Our docent Stephanie did a fantastic job taking our group through this historic building. Do not miss it!

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