Love all the Lincoln sites in Springfield. Great to visit here first and then visit the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library..
Admission is free and the building is wonderfully restored. See the court where Abraham Lincoln argued cases. Enthusiastic guides anxious to share their stories. Good family venue and a nice addition to the Lincoln historical tour.
We just blundered in on a really great performance by a couple giving a lecture as General & Mrs. US Grant. I had read a lot about the period covered by the performers and they were spot on in their descriptions.
We were here during the "History Comes Alive" in the summer. The Troubadour's were giving a concert inside; we enjoyed the blending of their beautiful young voices. This is the building where the President's body laid in state for 24 hours before his burial; I heard that 75,000 people filed past his body during that time.
Since a tour had already begun, we were able to take our own tour, which was fine. There was information telling about each room in the old capitol.
tTour guide was good with info about the building it’s self. Being from the uk we asked about the American political system. The guide did not have much information as to how this worked.
Passed the Old Capital building and almost did'nt go. A guided tour through the bldg where Lincoln served in the house and made his house divided speech and worked on his campaign for the white house.
The Guide who took us around was very, very well versed in the history of Illinois, and especially of this great building and President Lincoln. The best part of the tour was the music being presented in the second floor Congressional room. It was period music and Celtic music, lovely!
No visit to Springfield, IL is complete without a walking tour of downtown Springfield, including the Old State Capitol Building, Lincoln's Law Office, the nearby Presidential Library and Museum, and the Lincoln Homesite, among others (e.g., the train depot where he departed after making his famous Farewell Address, "I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return."
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