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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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The outside is really beautiful

This is the first capital of Illinois. It is small, but felt more personal. One of the rooms was set up for Lincoln and portrayed the "mess" created by his children. A short... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 March 2016
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

This is the first capital of Illinois. It is small, but felt more personal. One of the rooms was set up for Lincoln and portrayed the "mess" created by his children. A short but fun tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

The Old State Capital has not been restored recently but it's still interesting to see the House and Senate chambers and the various state offices.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

Though I did NOT go inside, I walked all around this area and ate at a place called "The Feed Store". They have DELICIOUS soup and sandwiches. I loved that it was casual and a place all he locals go to.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

The Old State Capitol is a great place to visit for history enthusiasts. Abe Lincoln's old law office sits across the street from the building and it is said that Lincoln argued several hundred cases in front of the Supreme Court in this building. Most of the furnishings and otherwise are reproductions and not original to the building but it's... More 

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Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

This is a very well preserved and well maintained swath of Illinois history. The Old State Capitol (this was the Capitol building) prior to the current one) is extremely clean, has many artifacts from the time period, and is restored to life in the mid-1800s. One can just "see" Lincoln giving a landmark speech. One gets to see the about... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

Don't miss the Old Capitol in Springfield. It makes a visit to the current Illinois Capitol more meaningful. This is the more historic of the two Capitols, and it's right across from Lincoln's law office and other sites of downtown Springfield.

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Plainview, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

If you have a chance, stop and take in the history of the Old State Capitol. It's so cool to stand where Lincoln did for the house divided speech. Really friendly and informative tour guides.

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Edina, Minnesota
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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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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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