Col. Matthew Rogers Building

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Col. Matthew Rogers Building
Matthew Rogers Building in Athens.jpg
Northern side and front
Col. Matthew Rogers Building is located in Illinois
Col. Matthew Rogers Building
Location 200 S. Main St., Athens, Illinois
Coordinates 39°57′36″N 89°43′26″W / 39.96000°N 89.72389°W / 39.96000; -89.72389Coordinates: 39°57′36″N 89°43′26″W / 39.96000°N 89.72389°W / 39.96000; -89.72389
Area less than one acre
Built 1832 (1832)
Architectural style Greek Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 05000431[1]
Added to NRHP May 22, 2005

The Col. Matthew Rogers Building, also known as the Abraham Lincoln Long Nine Museum, is a historic building located at 200 S. Main St. in Athens, Illinois. The building was constructed circa 1832 by Colonel Matthew Rogers, who ran a store in the building. As Rogers was also postmaster of Athens, he moved the city's post office to his store. Abraham Lincoln, who was postmaster of New Salem at the time, frequently visited the post office during the 1830s to fetch mail. Josiah Francis purchased the store on a mortgage from Rogers in 1837. In the same year, Athens held a banquet in the building to honor Lincoln and eight other Illinois legislators for moving the state capital to Springfield; the nine men were known as the "Long Nine", as they were all over 6 feet (1.8 m) tall. When Rogers sued Francis for failing to keep up with his mortgage payments in 1840, Lincoln again became involved with the store, as his firm represented Rogers in court; Rogers won the case by default. After Rogers died in 1848, the building continued to be used as a store. The building is now a museum documenting Lincoln and the Long Nine's history and connection to the building.[2]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 22, 2005.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Eden, John R. (October 1, 2004). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Colonel Matthew Rogers Building". National Park Service. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 

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