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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Nice from outside, couldn't tour it

The Old Capitol in fact was a Courthouse famous for Lincoln's speeches and labor there. It is... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Belgrade, Serbia
History, History, and more History!

What a neat place to visit! Not only do you get the chance to see how the political scene was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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.
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5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Old Capitol in fact was a Courthouse famous for Lincoln's speeches and labor there. It is beautifully restored with the original stone and an elegant dome. It occupies the entire block of central Springfield. Unfortunately when we visited it was New Year's day so...More

Thank B1714D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a neat place to visit! Not only do you get the chance to see how the political scene was handled in the past, you can compare it to the present by visiting the current state capital building just 4 blocks away. Meticulously restored to...More

1  Thank Steven D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a young boy growing up in Springfield, I visited it as a county courthouse. As an adult working in a bank across the street I saw it being taken down piece by piece. Each piece was marked as if in a puzzle. The next...More

Thank Bud R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a neat experience to walk around the Old State Capitol. Attractive building. Walk from here to the new Capitol to get a feeling of history.

Thank Victoria M
Reviewed 31 December 2017

Lincoln served as a state legislator in this building, and much of his legacy is preserved in the various rooms, from one of his spittoons to the room where his body lay in state. Don't skip out on this—my family only went briefly (on the...More

Thank rsbtraveler
Reviewed 29 December 2017

i did not know lincoln history . at the visitor center they have a dvd showing about his life in springfield from day one and how much traving he did

Thank gjgloria
Reviewed 26 November 2017

You are welcome to wander around at your leisure. This is a beautiful building, and it is so interesting to be able to see where both President Lincoln and President Obama each announced their presidential candidacies.

Thank Michelle F
Reviewed 24 November 2017

The location of this imposing building is in central Springfield with some interesting shops and statuary.

Thank Skybolt
Reviewed 14 November 2017

This is the restored old Capitol building, where Lincoln and many other politicians served. It is fee--but leave a donation to help with the upkeep. You really feel like Lincoln just stepped out for a minute (though the building does have air-conditioning, unlike in his...More

1  Thank kgilbert78
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Very well preserved and presented site where President Lincoln served as a state legislator and ultimately lay in state before his burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery after his assassination.

Thank bmchardy
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Mandy H
19 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.
Marvin S
8 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
Marvin S
8 August 2016|
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Response from Trish F | Reviewed this property |
No. Sorry. Try the Visitors Centre at the Lincoln home.