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Old State Capitol State Historic Site
Ranked #6 of 57 things to do in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 447 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2009

This was not the first state capitol (it was in New Salem) but was the one in use when Lincoln was in the Illinois House. It is lovingly restored to its mid-nineteenth century appearance and makes a great companion visit to the Lincoln Home. The Illinois legislature met here recently for a while during the renovation of the current state capitol.

A must-see on a visit to Springfield.

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Wheaton, Illinois
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“Wonderful historic site”
Reviewed 13 July 2008

We had the entire place to ourselves when we arrived close to 9 a.m. Our guide on the first floor was young but knowledgeable and some of the things we learned really helped us picture the capitol as it would have been when Lincoln was a representative, checking out books from the library housed there. The upstairs are where the the House of Representatives and Senate members met (where LIncoln gave his House Divided speech and where he lay in state after his assassination), and they are still beautiful rooms. Arrive early and you won't be disappointed! The whole tour took less than an hour and we got plenty of great pictures. They have many great artifacts, we especially enjoyed seeing the maps that were actually used - at a time before there were 50 states in the union and Mexico had large parts of Texas and California. We visited for a small donation.

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