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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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This was well worth the visit. To see not only the place where Lincoln accepted his parties nomination for President, as well as accepting the Presidency on his first election... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was well worth the visit. To see not only the place where Lincoln accepted his parties nomination for President, as well as accepting the Presidency on his first election, but how a State legislature worked in that time

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Saint Peters, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This building is in need of restoration. Water damage and flaking paint take away from its importance as the seat of state government in the early 1800s. Only the exterior is original as this was converted to the Sangamon County Courthouse after they built the current capitol. In the 1960s, they dismantled it and rebuilt it back to the time... More 

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Worcester Park, null, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely old building, could imagine Abraham Lincoln and his peers working here. Well worth a visit!

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Springfield, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a good tour guide and enjoyed the history of the Old Capitol. It is almost adjacent to the Presidential Library and the promenade outside the gates had a lot of Lincoln statues.

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great historical attraction. The building has been well preserved and appears as it did in Lincoln's day when he served in the Illinois House. The state offices are restored with artifacts and appear as they would have in the 1800s. The history of the building is a great sidelight. It was carefully cut up and moved so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a guided tour through the old capital building. Historic building and very interesting. The chambers was perhaps the most interesting part or the tour. Showing a draped seat in which would have been where Lincoln sat

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Palos Heights, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting the Old State Capitol and seeing how our legislators worked 150+ years ago was a great lesson in history. Worth the stop.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is privately owned. They do not charge and advertise that but when you get there they ask for donations. It is interesting to see but not as spruced up as the Museum.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went inside and there isn't a lot to see but the building is remarkable both inside and out. Springfield has managed to keep that small town feel by limiting the high rise buildings and keeping the Victorian era feel. It really does transport you back in time.

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lot of history displayed in the building. Must see if you are into history and in Springfield. Very beautiful building.

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