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Virginia State CapitolVirginia State Capitol
Richmond, VA, USA

Designed by Thomas Jefferson and noted French architect Louis Clerisseau, this Greek Revival building served as the State Capitol for 70 years until Virginia seceded from the Union. From July 1861 to April 1865, the Confederate Congress met here. With Virginia's return to the Union the building reverted to its original function.

Minnesota State CapitolMinnesota State Capitol
St. Paul, MN, USA

Designed by Cass Gilbert with inspiration from St. Peter's Basilica, the Minnesota State Capitol (1905) is an impressive architectural presence in downtown St. Paul. It is surrounded by attractive landscaped grounds and a number of monuments to local and national heroes.

Sangamon County CourthouseSangamon County Courthouse
Springfield, IL, USA

Now a state historic site, the Old State Capitol has hosted several important political events, including Lincoln's "House Divided" speech, Lincoln's laying-in-state following his assassination, and Obama's announcement of his candidacy for president.

Washington, USA

The meeting place of the United States Congress (House and Senate), the Capitol Building was begun under President George Washington in 1793. It is probably the most famous building in the United States.

Virginia City Historic District
Virginia City, MT, USA

Virginia City was the territorial capital of Montana (1865-75) and the site of one of the greatest gold strikes in the West (1863). Today it seems a classic Western ghost town, with many false-fronted buidings which are open as museums. More than two hundred historic buildings and some one million authentic artifacts of its history remain.

Alabama State Capitol
Montgomery, AL, USA

On February 4, 1861, delegates from six Southern States which had seceded from the Union met in Alabama's State Capitol; on February 8, the 37 delegates adopted a "Constitution for the Provisional Government of the Confederate States of America." A day later, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi was elected President of the Confederation; he was inaugurated on the West Portico on February 18, the Confederate flag flying for the first time over this building. The Confederate Congress met in Montgomery

Maryland Statehouse
Annapolis, MD, USA

Serving as the Nation's capitol from 1783-1784, the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War, was ratified here by the Continental Congress (1784) and George Washington officially resigned his commission as Commander-in-Chief in this building. The Annapolis Convention met here (1786), from which grew the Convention to draw up the United States Constitution in Philadelphia. It is the oldest building in the Nation which remains in active use as a State government seat.