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A Site to See in Vandalia

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Downtown Vandalia is home to Illinois’ oldest surviving capitol building – the Vandalia State House.

If Abe Lincoln is highlighted at a site, chances are the place is worth seeing.

Downtown Vandalia is home to Illinois’ oldest surviving capitol building – the Vandalia State House.

This two-story building served as the state’s fourth state house, governing from 1836 until 1839. Today, visitors can explore the painted brick building independently or follow a guided tour.

The rooms are furnished with artifacts and relics from the 19th century, and informational signs in the hall explain each room. A small exhibit dedicated to Lincoln is found on the first floor.

On some days during the summer, characters dressed in 1830s attire greet visitors to the historic building. For hours and more information, call (618) 283-1161.

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