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Old State Capitol State Historic Site, Springfield
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Old State Capitol State Historic Site provides a look the architecture and design of Illinois' most important state building from 1839 to 1876, a period during which Abraham Lincoln was a frequent visitor. It was here that Lincoln gave his famous "House Divided" speech, declared his candidacy for Senate, and laid in state before his funeral. Watch a video detailing the restored Greek Revival building’s history before embarking on an interpreter-led tour of government offices, libraries, the Supreme courtroom, and legislative chambers. Take a stroll around the gardens surrounding the building and see the nearby fountain. Tours are free. Before you head to Springfield, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Springfield holiday planner, to make sure you see all that Springfield has to offer, including Old State Capitol State Historic Site.
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  • We have visited a number of State Capitol buildings in the USA, but this was our first 'old' Capitol Building. Although it was only used for about 25 years, it was at an important time in American his...  more »
  • It is great they keep this old courthouse going since Abe argued cases here. Sure it pale in comparison to today's large courthouse, but they have done a great job keeping it for historical purposes. ...  more »
  • Nice to see the architecture of an old, historic Capitol. Wear walking shoes and can walk to the newer Capitol. 
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  • Got lucky with a very knowledgeable volunteer there to provide and orientation and answer questions. Great renovation to the 1860 period with State Supreme Court chambers as well as the State Government and Governor's office. Good info provided with the displays, but be sure to grab a guide if one is available.....it adds to the experience. Definitely worth a stop for half and hour or so.
  • Cool asks historic old building. It's really a gem that it's been kept up so well. Worth checking out if your in the area!
  • This is like you walked into the place while the Legislators were on a break: you can go all over the whole building, and there are plenty of volunteers to help interpret and answer questions. The House Chamber is where Abraham Lincoln gave his "House Divided" speech, that helped launch his Presidential Candidacy, and they let you go all over the old House and Senate Chambers.
  • Lots of history here and current events. Lincoln used to work here pre presidential days. Obama announced his intentions to run for president here
  • Impressive structure that is just oozing with history. The rooms inside have been recreated to a period feel with interesting interprative plaques.