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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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Amazing Old State Capital Building

This old building is worth visiting when in Springfield, as is the surrounding area, with interesting shops etc that are selling Lincoln memorabilia.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This old building is worth visiting when in Springfield, as is the surrounding area, with interesting shops etc that are selling Lincoln memorabilia.

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Farmington, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very informative tour that lasted about an hour. I did not realize that this building had been taken completely down, and they rebuilt it according to pictures and diagrams from the time. During History Alive or Living History Days, they have many added features like General Grant speaking, music of the Lincoln era, etc. I am not... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Full of period antiques, this historic building is free and well worth your time. Both Lincoln and Douglas worked here. There was a tour, but we missed it by a few minutes. It would probably be worth your while to catch the tour if you can.

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orland park, il.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We can see why this is such a popular attraction. Tons of history-place where Lincoln gave his House Divided speech and where Obama announced his run for the presidency. I did not see that they had any organized tours, but the volunteers we met were amazing and very knowledgeable. Just go up to one of the older ones and asked... More 

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Henryville, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a beautiful building that sadly had to be completely rebuilt after it had passed from state to county and back again. Many of the furnishings are not original but they fit right in. One original was the desk that Lincoln had used to write his "House Devided" speech.

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Warrenton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was on a special guided tour that eventually sent me to sit in the very room where Lincoln practiced law. A top hat sits where he did! Splendid renovation efforts, young cappella singers, Herndon impersonator, and displays. Awesome.

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McCalla, AL USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Toured with a group staying in hotels in city center. Site is within walking of downtown hotels and other attractions. Good history lesson for school age children. Thoroughly enjoyed presentations by General Grant, the Capella singers, and Lincoln's law partner Mr. Herndon.

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Farmington, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed the simplicity of this building, as well as the artifacts, charts, etc. displayed. I had hoped for more specific information about Lincoln, but the overall experience was great!

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff were exceptionally nice to let us in at last minute. Viewing chambers of old house and senate along with governor's office was one of highlights of visit to Springfield. Fitting that President Obama launched his 2008 campaign from front steps.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very knowledgeable volunteer led my 7 yr old and myself on our own tour! (It was a slow Thu.). He told us everything! We got to see the whole building. Free of charge, but donations accepted.

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