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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Loaded with history.

While we were there a Military Medical Reenactment was taking place. After visiting all of the stations we went inside of the Old State Capital where there were rein-actors... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While we were there a Military Medical Reenactment was taking place. After visiting all of the stations we went inside of the Old State Capital where there were rein-actors showing us the dances of that time period. Loved it.

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Evansville, Indiana
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

WOW! Coming upon the fence and grounds, it’s obvious there is a reverence that is still here for all that happened at this location. Outside the fence, the original brickwork foundation still stands, but is gently crumbling, (which is appropriate and has a historical value all its own!) as well as the steps heading up to the massive door. The... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can't help stop in the old Illinois Capital building when walking around the square. There is so much history in a small space. A place you would not want to miss seeing.

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Springfield, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took our cousin from Germany here. We were greeted by several very friendly staff who were willing to give our small group a very intimate tour, based on how long we wanted! It was great to see the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln come alive.

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Greencastle, Indiana
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This takes you back in time. You actually get to see where Mr. Lincoln sat when he was State Representative. Kudos to Springfield for keeping this building as part of our history, it beautiful. !! Staff was outstanding!

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Springfield, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the place where Lincoln served as a state law maker and gave some of his most famous speeches. He announced his bid for the presidency here, as did Barack Obama. Beautiful wood chambers. A must see in Springfield.

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Harrison, Michigan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After visiting the current state capitol, the old one isn't nearly as impressive architecturally, but our guide did a great job relating the history of the capitol dealing with Lincoln's time there, its use during the civil war, and its use as Lincoln's final resting place for viewing before he was buried. Obviously a place of great historic value!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our favorite thing in our Springfield visit, so be sure not to miss it. You can almost see Lincoln going about his lawyerly and State Representative duties as your are guided through the place. It is a beautiful building inside--the staircase is amazing.

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Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed my recent visit here. The Capitol is well taken care of and there are some nice touches, like Lincoln's hat, in the House chambers. The building is well kept and really well preserved. The paintings of Washington and the Marquis de Layfayette are just beautiful, and so vibrant. There are several people available if you have questions.... More 

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De Forest, Wisconsin, United States
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is actually more history revealed to us here then at the new state capitol. I love the idea that when this was built it was thought that it was the biggest building that the government would ever need! If only.

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