Explore Vandalia, Illinois - The Old State Capitol

Old State Capitol - Oldest Existing Illinois Capitol Building

Vandalia Statehouse in early 1900's

Vandalia, the second capitol of Illinois, is steeped in history. Built in 1836, it is the oldest Illinois State Capitol building. The Federal-style white building which served as the Illinois State Capitol from 1836-1839 is impressive with its high ceilings, tall windows and vintage furnishings. At the top of the broad, curving staircase are the Senate and House of Representatives chambers, where Abraham Lincoln began his historical political career for the grand sum of $4 a day.

Vandalia Statehouse Today

Today, the Statehouse draws more than 30,000 annual visitors. Visitors may take guided tours or they may walk through the building at their own leisure. Exhibits include display boards that have copies of documents from Illinois' early days and Lincoln's tenure as a state representative in Vandalia. Visitors will walk on the same wooden floors where the future President once did. The Vandalia Statehouse also holds two major events each year. The last Friday and Saturday in September, The Grand Levee Festival is held on the Old State Capitol grounds and Gallatin Street. The two day celebration is a recreation of the social life of Vandalia during its tenure as the Illiniois State Capitol. .

Old State Capitol - Location And Hours Of Operation


315 W. Gallatin
Vandalia, Illinois 62471

For more information phone - (618) 283-1161

Admission - Free

Hours of Operation
Tuesday thru Saturday 9 am to 4 pm
Closed Sunday & Monday