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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

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Address: 5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
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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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A Wonder View of Where Lincoln Worked

Amazing collection of antiques from the mid 19th century. Also a setting for the intriguing the political history of that era. Guides work for the State of Illinois and very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 March 2016
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Edina, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2016

Amazing collection of antiques from the mid 19th century. Also a setting for the intriguing the political history of that era. Guides work for the State of Illinois and very professional in their presentation.

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Glendale Heights, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

The Old State Capitol is a great piece of history kept. However, the fence was not attractive and we just drove by it.

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Springfield
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

It is located in the downtown of Springfield, Illinois. It is walking distance from the Abe Lincoln Presidential Library and museum. I is also walking distance from his home and the blocks around it in the style of his era. His office is right there and even one of Frank LLoyd Wright's Dana Thomas House. That is from 1902-1904. The... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

In Springfield, the Old State Capital has been meticulously restored, and you can see it exactly as it was when Lincoln was a representative there. The chambers have been restored and you can enter right into them, and all the adjacent services (ie, office of the Attorney General, etc) appear exactly as they did. Located only 1.5 miles from the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

...but the building and grounds are very nice. Next time - we'll have to go in. However, I'm not sure how much there is to see here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

You can't help but feel the history as you walk through the halls and realize that Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas and others served our state here.

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

Love the Old State Capital. It is definitely worth seeing at least once and as several historic moments have happened there it is nice to actually be there.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Friendly people and an enjoyable quick look into the past. We saw the places that President Lincoln set up office and argued cases.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015

This isn't one of the sites you definitely have to see, but if you are already at the Lincoln Memorial, it is worth a look inside. A lot of the furniture from Lincoln's time or after is still in there. It is free (donations accepted). There is no tour, but if you have a question, the docents are by the... More 

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Hillsboro, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015

The Old State Capitol is in the center of downtown, not far from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Lincoln served here before his Presidency; in fact, had an office here during his presidential campaign. Lots of history on the tour and it's free.

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