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Illinois Executive Mansion

Ever since moving the capitol from Vandalia to Springfield, the city has been home to many Illinois governors. The Italianate-style mansion was built in 1855 by Chicago architect John M. Van Osdel. 410 E. Jackson St. Springfield, IL 62701. Sangamon County. Tel: 217-782-6450. Cost: Free.... More Info

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315 W. Gallatin, Vandalia, IL 62471. 618-283-1161. This statehouse served as the second Illinois state capitol, from 1836-1839. Visitors can see copies of early state documents, and learn about Lincoln’s time at Vandalia as a state representative. Free.