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“Fantastic History” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old Courthouse

Old Courthouse
Ranked #16 of 242 things to do in Saint Louis
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Owner description: This distinctive landmark offers free tours.
Madison, Wisconsin
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“Fantastic History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

The Old Courthouse situated downtown, just blocks from the City Garden, is a genuine delight for American history buffs. The restored courthouse shows some of the splendor of the 1800's along with the darker side of slavery in America.
This is the site of the famous Dred Scott trial which I learned about as a kid in school. Sadly, neither of my children had been taught about this brave man and his trials as both a slave and "freed man". To walk the same floors that he walked gave me a sense of awe as well as connection to Dred and his journey in life.
Definitely worth the stop! There is no admission, a free short film talks about the history of the courthouse and there is a nice and reasonably priced souvenir store inside.

Visited March 2012
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Janesville, Wisconsin
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“Stand where history was made...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Great place! Beautiful and educational. Stand at the place that lit the fuse of the civil war. Outstanding rotunda area, two period courthouses restored to their former glory. Free...

Visited January 2013
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Hillsboro, Oregon
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“Two historic trials”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

The Old Courthouse in Saint Louis is just a few steps from the Museum of Westward Expansion and well worth a couple of hours. The building has been restored and is in great shape. It was the site of two historic court cases. The first is the famous or infamous Dred Scott case which was a major contributing factor to the Civil War. The rangers have done a great job in presenting a number of posters highlighting the case. That should not be missed. There's a ten minute film on the trial.
However, the rangers has a little exhibit on the Minor versus Happersett which involved the right to vote for women. This deserves a little more space.
There is also four rooms highlighting the history of St Louis. These are very interesting.

Visited January 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“History appreciated”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We appreciated going into the old court house. We thought it was beautiful. We learned a lot in watching the short film about Dred Scott and the exhibits. Not much for kids to do. There is a gift shop. Nice view of the arch.

Visited January 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Courthouse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Tip: It opens at 8 am, before the Arch. So you could take a look before you go to the Arch - if you are a morning person :)

Pros: facts about slavery, beautiful old building, a piece of History

I highly recommend a visit. I could read some facts about this courthouse relevance during the slavery period. Namely about the Dred Scott Case. It's truly impressive.

Visited December 2012
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