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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Abe Lincoln served here

Abe Lincoln helped bring the capitol to Springfield, he served in this building, and after his... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chris S
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
See where Lincoln served as a legislator

worth 30 minutes to see the old courthouse, legislature rooms, and courtrooms in this classic old... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JerryVirginia
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Columbus, Ohio
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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 1 week ago

Abe Lincoln helped bring the capitol to Springfield, he served in this building, and after his death, he laid in state in this building. So that's quite a bit of history. Free, and the staff is helpful and informative.

Thank Chris S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

worth 30 minutes to see the old courthouse, legislature rooms, and courtrooms in this classic old building

Thank JerryVirginia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great stop for the grandchildren. It interrupted the world of computer screens with something they could see and do. Thank you.

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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Visiting the Old State Capitol is an opportunity to have a history lesson and tour an exceptional and important building. If your following the Lincoln trail in Springfield, spend time here learning more about Lincoln and enjoying the opportunity to stand in his footsteps. The...More

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

This old capital is made of Stone, but from distance almost looks like a giant log cabin:). Such a gorgeous building!!! Some of the streets are strange in this area

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

This is a nice spot to take a stroll around on a nice day. The area is very historic and gives a feel for life in Springfield in the mid 1800s.

Thank Sandy K
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

What a fantastic building enriched with history! This building was only operational for 30 odd years as the government outgrew it and so they built a new, much larger one just down the street. I met Brian at the Old Capitol who gave me a...More

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Reviewed 22 February 2018

My husband and I recently visited the Old State Capitol. We had been here before, years ago. Once we went inside, I remembered it. It's a grand old building and preserved as it was in the 1860s. You can see the legislative chamber where Abraham...More

Thank tks617
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

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

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Reviewed 5 February 2018 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

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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.
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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
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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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