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Old State Capitol State Historic Site
Ranked #6 of 66 things to do in Springfield
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We went here after the current Capitol, and it was disappointing. Maybe if we had had a guide it would have been more interesting and meaningful. The building has some lovely furnishings.

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Film is rather long but very informative. You do not need a guide to tour this facility.Signs tell the story. Best: the chamber where Lincoln gave his "House Divided" speech. If you do not do the film, you can do this stop is less than an hour. But learning about the massive restoration of the building is fascinating.

Thank WhiteCatWriting
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Gives good information about Lincoln's life before he became president. There was a gentleman who was dressed in a union army uniform gave an excellent presentation about the soldiers life during the war.

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

This is government as it was housed and operated in the 19th century. The Illinois Supreme Court at that time is housed their as it was in that day. It just looked like any small courthouse setting of even today. I was amazed that the Secretary of States office was about the size of a broom closet. It is a very old structure and they maintain it this way I guess so the visitor can appreciate the way it used to be in government at that time in history. It is worth visiting.

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Reviewed 2 August 2014

I always thought the Old State Capital was the most evocative of the Lincoln sites. I think the house reflects Mary Todd Lincoln's life; the law office was largely managed by Herndon while Lincoln rode the circuit.

I think the Old State Capital is where you get the best sense of Lincoln's journey to greatness: arguing cases before the Supreme Court, serving in the State Legislature, kicking off his race against Douglas with the House Divided Speech in Representative's Hall, researching the Cooper's Union address in the State Law Library, greeting visitors in the Governor's office as President Elect, and finally lying in state in Representative's Hall after saving our nation.

You need the tour to understand the significance of each of these rooms and the men who worked in them; the more you bring to the place the more you will get out of it. But it's worth a visit; alone with the library it best explains who Lincoln was and why he was one of our greatest Presidents.

Thank Mike M
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