Old State Capitol

Originally built in the 19th-century, the Old State Capitol in Illinois served as the state house from 1840-1876. Abraham Lincoln's final lying in state was at this very location on May 3-4, 1865. Groups can take an interpreter-conducted tour of the reconstructed Greek Revival style building or tour on their own. See the first floor rooms, government offices, two libraries, and more. Outside the Old State Capitol, groups will find a replica of the 1850s ornamental iron fence, and a large landscaped yard. Tours are free with a suggested donation.
 
Contact Info 
Address: 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701. Sangamon County. Tel: 217-785-7960. Website: www.illinois.gov/ihpa/Experience/Sites/Central/Pages/Old-Capitol.aspx. Hrs: Wed.-Sun. 9AM-5PM.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 30 minutes. Cost: Free. 
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies. 

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