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Old State Capitol

1 Southwest Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701, USA

During the dramatic years leading to the Civil War, the building had an important role in the political struggle between Stephen A. Douglas (1813-1861) and Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865). Lincoln visited the building frequently as both a lawyer and a politician, serving in the building during his last term in the Illinois House of Representatives and delivering the famous 1858 "House Divided" speech in Representatives Hall, and using the governor's rooms as a headquarters during the 1860 presidential campaign. The building was the scene of the assassinated President's final laying-in-state on May 3-4, 1865.


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The Old State Capitol is located in downtown Springfield on the corner of 6th and Adams Sts.

Visitor Services

Public restrooms, orientation video

Regular Events

Abraham Lincoln Symposium (February), Annual Civil War Encampment (June)

Available Interpretation

Information, interpreter conducted tours

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Hours are seasonal. Please call for more information.



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