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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

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Address: 5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
Phone Number: 217-785-7960
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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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It is located in the downtown of Springfield, Illinois. It is walking distance from the Abe Lincoln Presidential Library and museum. I is also walking distance from his home and... read more

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Springfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is located in the downtown of Springfield, Illinois. It is walking distance from the Abe Lincoln Presidential Library and museum. I is also walking distance from his home and the blocks around it in the style of his era. His office is right there and even one of Frank LLoyd Wright's Dana Thomas House. That is from 1902-1904. The... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In Springfield, the Old State Capital has been meticulously restored, and you can see it exactly as it was when Lincoln was a representative there. The chambers have been restored and you can enter right into them, and all the adjacent services (ie, office of the Attorney General, etc) appear exactly as they did. Located only 1.5 miles from the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

...but the building and grounds are very nice. Next time - we'll have to go in. However, I'm not sure how much there is to see here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can't help but feel the history as you walk through the halls and realize that Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas and others served our state here.

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Love the Old State Capital. It is definitely worth seeing at least once and as several historic moments have happened there it is nice to actually be there.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Friendly people and an enjoyable quick look into the past. We saw the places that President Lincoln set up office and argued cases.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

This isn't one of the sites you definitely have to see, but if you are already at the Lincoln Memorial, it is worth a look inside. A lot of the furniture from Lincoln's time or after is still in there. It is free (donations accepted). There is no tour, but if you have a question, the docents are by the... More 

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Hillsboro, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

The Old State Capitol is in the center of downtown, not far from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Lincoln served here before his Presidency; in fact, had an office here during his presidential campaign. Lots of history on the tour and it's free.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

After visiting the Lincoln home, we made our way to the Old State Capitol where Lincoln spent many a day and where is body lay in state. I liked that we could self guide ourselves around the building and there was something truly special about standing in the room where is funeral was held. We also made sure to peek... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Nicely restored and furnished with appropriate period pieces. Take advantage of the docents who are wandering around the building and are happy to provide you with more information on the history of the building and the various chambers.

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