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  Archer House
717 Archer Ave., Marshall (Clark Co.)




Situated on Historic U.S. Route 40 — the “National Road” — the 1841 Archer House is one of the oldest hotels in Illinois. Built by the town’s founder, Col. William B. Archer, it served as a stagecoach stop for travelers and remains a gateway to downtown Marshall. Col. Archer served in the Illinois Legislature for 16 years and was both a colleague and friend of attorney Abraham Lincoln, who stayed in the hotel after presenting cases at the nearby Clark County Courthouse. After 164 years of continuous operation, the National Register-listed hotel closed in 2005 when the last owner took ill. Unless a suitable buyer can be found and repairs are made, the future of the historic inn remains uncertain.





Hoteliers interested in operating the Archer House Hotel and taking advantage of local financial incentives should contact:


Julie Bounds

Economic Development Director

City of Marshall

Phone: 217-826-8084








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