DescriptionThe wilderness site that developed into Vandalia was the capital of the state from 1819 to 1839. The third capitol building at this site is still standing. It was in Vandalia that Abraham Lincoln received his license to practice law, gained his first experience as a legislator 1834-39 and made his first antislavery speech in 1837. The community enjoyed its status as the state’s political center for 20 years until a group of legislators under the leadership of Lincoln succeeded in moving the capital to Springfield.
The Little Brick House, 621 Saint Clair, is a simple 19th-century Italianate residence decorated with furnishings of the capital period, 1820-39. Displays feature memorabilia associated with important political and artistic figures from Illinois' early history, including Illinois writer James Hall, artist James Berry and Abraham Lincoln. The house is open by appointment; phone (618) 283-4866.
Visitor InfoVandalia Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Information Center 1408 N. Fifth St. VANDALIA, IL 62471. Phone:(618)283-2728
Things to SeeVandalia Statehouse State Historic Site