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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

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Address: 5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
Phone Number: +1 217-785-7960
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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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$5.00 is the suggested donation. I enjoy history so I really enjoyed this. It's in the area of the Lincoln library and museum. It was easy to find. We thought it was closed... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Garden Prairie, Illinois
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Garden Prairie, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

$5.00 is the suggested donation. I enjoy history so I really enjoyed this. It's in the area of the Lincoln library and museum. It was easy to find. We thought it was closed until we opened the door. We found several of the attractions like that.

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Burlington, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The whole state building has been restored and is very interesting. We enjoyed walking through the rooms Abraham once had long ago. A lot of history is in Springfield

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited a number of State Capitol buildings in the USA, but this was our first 'old' Capitol Building. Although it was only used for about 25 years, it was at an important time in American history

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Eaton, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is great they keep this old courthouse going since Abe argued cases here. Sure it pale in comparison to today's large courthouse, but they have done a great job keeping it for historical purposes. A self guided tour with no pressure for donations.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice to see the architecture of an old, historic Capitol. Wear walking shoes and can walk to the newer Capitol.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is impressive! Springfield has really paid attention to detail when it comes to capturing what political life was like in the time of Lincoln. You can tour this place yourself or take the guided tour. It's free, but there is a donation box.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

The Old State Capital was an interesting place to visit but hard to learn much (at least on our visit). It started with not even being able to tell if it was even open from the street (nobody much going in or out). Once we ventured to the door, we did find it open. Inside we were quickly greeted, told... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Right in downtown Springfield is the Old State Capitol. Our docent Stephanie did a fantastic job taking our group through this historic building. Do not miss it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The tour guides show you the government functions tied into the stories of the most popular self taught lawyer in the state.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This was very interesting to see all the rooms inside the Old State Capitol where Lincoln worked and also did his Presidential campaign there. This is free and they have donation box as well.

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