Destination Illinois: Exploring Vandalia History Beyond the Old State Capitol

Destination Illinois

Think that the Old State Capitol is the only historic site worth exploring while in Vandalia? Think again! The small city in south-central Illinois is filled with other unique sites to explore. Here are a few other places to explore while in the area.

1) National Road Interpretive Center

The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the National Road, also known as the Cumberland Road. Completed in 1837, the road ran from Cumberland, MD to Vandalia. To learn more about the museum, you can visit the National Road Interpretive Center website.

2) Fayette County Museum

The museum features both local and state history exhibits. From maps of what Vandalia would have looked like at the time it was the state capital, to a tool that once belonged to Abraham Lincoln, the museum has a diverse collection worth checking out. You can learn more by visiting the Fayette County Museum website.

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