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Old State Capitol State Historic Site, Springfield

Categories: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
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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  • This was very interesting. It was a quick stop to view this building. My favorite part was the winding grand stair case and seeing the room where Lincoln's wake was held. I recommend stopping here eve...  read more »
  • Please see my review of "Illinois State Capitol." Sorry, I got the two sites turned around. Both sites compliment each other, so it would be well worth it for travelers to check them out while they're...  read more »
  • Serving as the state capitol for 36 years starting in 1840, the old building, located in the center of downtown Springfield gives a good insight into the times. Lincoln's law office is across the stre...  read more »
  • A short walk through this building will reveal many historical artifacts worth seeing. There is a suggested smallish donation amount recommended. You can see where Lincoln sat while in the House in the state legislature. Look for his hat on the desk.
  • Impressive structure that is just oozing with history. The rooms inside have been recreated to a period feel with interesting interprative plaques.
  • Lots of history here and current events. Lincoln used to work here pre presidential days. Obama announced his intentions to run for president here
  • I loved it great information me and my brothers thought there were going to be a secret entrance somewhere and Todd shows us a basement door and Francis help get in the museum one of the best place I've ever gone to.
  • I love that history can be so accessible.
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