The Village of Monroe was established from a small farming community after a disastrous fire destroyed nearly all the buildings at the heart of the settlement. The village and its boundaries were created in 1894 as a result of the need to establish a volunteer fire district to avoid such future calamities.
Although the town itself was incorporated in 1799, settlement was well established by the time of the Revolutionary War with Dutch and English coming as early as the 1600’s.
It was a perfect setting for a hamlet with abundant water and farmable lands nestled in the picturesque valley of the Ramapo. Rung by protective mountains and yet only a short distance to the important access of the Hudson river; so beautiful in fact that it was often likened to the tranquil foothills of Scotland.
Monroe was once the lands of the Lenepe Indians and the domain of the prehistoric Mastadont, ancient glaciers left behind a land perfect for settling and a river ideal for milling.
The Monroe Historical Society was established in 1974 and endeavors to preserve the history of the Town of Monroe, the village of Monroe, the village of Harriman, and the village Kiryas Joel through photographs, artifacts and written history. Please explore our site or visit us and learn about the history of your town and villages.
For more information, please visit the Historical Society.
The Monroe Historical Society will conduct it's annual walking tour of the Village of Monroe
on June 10th at 10:00 am, with a rain date of June 11th at 1:00 pm.
If you are interested in learning the history of the Village of Monroe and what it once looked like, this is the tour for you!
The tour will assemble at the corner of Lake St. and the Millpond parkway.
The tour is free and reservations are not required.
The tour will be conducted by James Nelson, Town of Monroe Historian.