Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Land of Lincoln - Part 3

The "Old State Capital" is where Lincoln gave one of his most famous speeches. This is where he said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." The building itself was dismantled and rebuilt a stone at a time. The stones are a lovely brown color that is striking in the early evening light.

The staircase that greets you inside the front door is breathtaking. This is also the building that received Lincoln's body after his assassination. He lay in state here on May 3-4, 1865 before his burial in nearby Oak Ridge Cemetery, second only to Arlington National Cemetery for visitors.

This is the "Hall of Representatives" where Lincoln said the words that thrust him onto the national stage.

A campaign poster from Lincoln's run for the White House is on display in the Old Capital Building.