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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Loaded with history.

While we were there a Military Medical Reenactment was taking place. After visiting all of the... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2017
XWagonmaster
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Great place to learn about the history of Illinois!

WOW! Coming upon the fence and grounds, it’s obvious there is a reverence that is still here for... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2017
BradandStacy41
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Evansville, Indiana
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
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Reviewed 25 April 2017

While we were there a Military Medical Reenactment was taking place. After visiting all of the stations we went inside of the Old State Capital where there were rein-actors showing us the dances of that time period. Loved it.

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Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

WOW! Coming upon the fence and grounds, it’s obvious there is a reverence that is still here for all that happened at this location. Outside the fence, the original brickwork foundation still stands, but is gently crumbling, (which is appropriate and has a historical value...More

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

You can't help stop in the old Illinois Capital building when walking around the square. There is so much history in a small space. A place you would not want to miss seeing.

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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We took our cousin from Germany here. We were greeted by several very friendly staff who were willing to give our small group a very intimate tour, based on how long we wanted! It was great to see the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2017

This takes you back in time. You actually get to see where Mr. Lincoln sat when he was State Representative. Kudos to Springfield for keeping this building as part of our history, it beautiful. !! Staff was outstanding!

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Reviewed 5 April 2017

This is the place where Lincoln served as a state law maker and gave some of his most famous speeches. He announced his bid for the presidency here, as did Barack Obama. Beautiful wood chambers. A must see in Springfield.

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Reviewed 3 April 2017

After visiting the current state capitol, the old one isn't nearly as impressive architecturally, but our guide did a great job relating the history of the capitol dealing with Lincoln's time there, its use during the civil war, and its use as Lincoln's final resting...More

Thank Tod R
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

This was our favorite thing in our Springfield visit, so be sure not to miss it. You can almost see Lincoln going about his lawyerly and State Representative duties as your are guided through the place. It is a beautiful building inside--the staircase is amazing.

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Reviewed 1 April 2017

I really enjoyed my recent visit here. The Capitol is well taken care of and there are some nice touches, like Lincoln's hat, in the House chambers. The building is well kept and really well preserved. The paintings of Washington and the Marquis de Layfayette...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

There is actually more history revealed to us here then at the new state capitol. I love the idea that when this was built it was thought that it was the biggest building that the government would ever need! If only.

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Mandy H
20 March 2017|
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Response from Kathy B | Reviewed this property |
I believe they do. You will have to go up a set of stairs to get into the building. Once in, there is an elevator to the second floor.
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Marvin S
9 August 2016|
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Response from hippoguy | Reviewed this property |
a block and a half from there is the Lincoln Presidential Library. That is where those things happen more often.On Saturdays by the old state capital they have a Lincoln look alike walking around outside there. Check with... More
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Marvin S
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Response from Trish F | Reviewed this property |
No. Sorry. Try the Visitors Centre at the Lincoln home.
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