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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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Visiting the Old Capitol was last on our list and only if we had time. Little did we know that we would have missed a real treasure had we skipped it. Most of the rooms look as... read more

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visiting the Old Capitol was last on our list and only if we had time. Little did we know that we would have missed a real treasure had we skipped it. Most of the rooms look as if the workers from the 1800's just left. And quite enjoyable was a talk by U.S. Grant in full uniform as he described... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went here for about a half hour to see what the Illinois government used to be like. I have always been interested in politics and hope to be in the supreme court when I get older, so I thought seeing all the things they used to do was amazing. I especially enjoyed the senate, house of representatives, and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Another free to visit piece of Illinois history. It is worth the walk through just to this piece of history. The house of representatives chamber is where Abraham Lincoln would lie in state until his burial nearby in Oak Ridge cemetery. And there are often interactive programs there to learn a little more history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Absolutely beautiful. We go there every time we are in Springfield and see something we missed. Just a nice little walk from the hotel. A lot of times they have something going to show the history of the state. A must see if you are in Springfield.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful building reconstruction. Important to realize it is right across the street from the Lincoln-Herndon law office. Thus, Lincoln just walked across the street to argue cases and positions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely beautiful State Capitol!! We have visited quite a few and this is the most impressive. Well worth a visit!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can visit the building free of charge (donations welcome :) ). Many different rooms to visit, all with historic furniture. When I was there many actors performed 'living history'

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Since I was last here, several nice additions have occurred. There are several historical topics presented in the old House of Representatives presented by people acting as General Grant, General Longstreet, and Mr. Lincoln himself. They have kept the integrity of the building while making good use of the building. Very enjoyable experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been here before (about 5 years ago), walked around, looked in roped off areas and left. If you have not been in a while, it is worth another trip. The assembly floor is open to the public and you may sit in the place where Lincoln sat - there is a hat to mark the spot. My young... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Again, one of my favorite stops in Springfield, Illinois! One can easily do the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, a short block walk to the Old State Capitol--and do take the tour!, then down the street to the Lincoln Home. The Old State Capitol has the ambiance of an incredible age of government--where we are taken back to candles, spitoons, and... More 

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