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Monroe Historical Society Website
P : (845) 783-1900 x143
F : (845) 782-5597
1465 Orange Turnpike
Monroe, NY 10950
The Monroe Historical Society was established in 1974 and endeavors to preserve the history of the Town of Monroe, and the Villages of Monroe and Harriman through photographs, artifacts and written history.
A Brief History of the Town of Monroe:
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.
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