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The images above are from the center section of the David Merrill Mural.

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Welcome to the Monroe Historical Society
P. O. Box 212
Monroe, CT 06468

Upcoming Events 2014

We have many great things planned for 2014.
Some of them are listed below.
Keep checking the web site for more information:

Hands-on-History Summer Workshop for Children
The week of July 28th for ages 7 - 12, 9:30 - 1:30 at the Beardsley House, 31 Great Ring Road in Monroe.
Click here for complete information.
Click here for registration form.

Textile and Tag Sale
The Monroe Historical Society is preparing for its annual Textile and Tag Sale. It will be held on Fri. & Sat. Sept. 5 and 6 from 9 am to 3 pm and Sun. Sept. 7th from noon to 3pm at Eliot Beardsley House at 31 Great Ring Road in Monroe.
Quilters- we have loads of cotton this year!
Fabric $1 per yard
Costume designers- we have incredible silk and brocade drapes
Donations: If you have fabric, buttons, sewing notions, trims, yarn, crafts or tag sale items to donate, drop off Thursdays, from 9 to 11:00 am at the barn on 31 Great Ring Road. Or contact to arrange for pickup or drop off. Receipts are available for your donations.

For general questions: (203) 261-1383

Textile and Tag Sale: Nancy (203) 261-8554

Christmas Fair: Kathy (203) 268-3516

We're always ready to accept donations for the
Textile Sale and Christmas Fair.

Please call the numbers above to make arrangements.

Open House/Membership Campaign:
Thank you to everyone who came! We had a great day!
Click here here for pictures.

Steam train
It was a long uphill pull from tidewater in Shelton to Stevenson in Monroe. A single steam locomotive pulls its long string of freight cars up the Berkshire line headed for Danbury. With an east wind half of Monroe could hear these trains rumbling through at least six times a day. The Stevens-Dring barn is in the background.


Finally - signs of spring at the Beardsley House

Nancy Zorena with one of the recently acquired Burr paintings
Visit us on Saturday afternoons at the
Monroe History Room in the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
from 1 p.m. to 3 pm.

Click here for a partial listing of the books available for research
in the Monroe History Room at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
This list is in Excel format and you will need to have Excel installed in order to open it.

      The MONROE HISTORICAL SOCIETY was incorporated in 1959, and seeks to "preserve our heritage and the spirit of a people." The organization provides educational, cultural and social events, which encourage an insight into our history.

       We provide safekeeping of the historical collections donated to the Society for the purpose of documenting, preserving, displaying and maintaining a generational bridge to the history of the community.      

     An important part of the Society is to preserve and maintain the Society properties comprised of the East Village Meeting House on Barn Hill Road, the 1790 East Village-Barn Hill Schoolhouse on Wheeler Road, and our current restoration project and future museum, the Beardsley Homestead at 31 Great Ring Road.      

     New members to the Society are always welcome.

     We will tailor a visit to your needs. Are you a Cub Scout or Brownie leader with a troop working on specific badges? Are you an elementary school teacher who would like to schedule a day at the Old Schoolhouse? Do you have out-of-town visitors who would like to learn about Monroe? Whatever your interest or the size of the group, we can work with you to make your visit a fun and educational experience.

    Let us recommend activities such as:
  • Preparing a meal in our 18th century kitchen at the Beardsley Homestead.
  • Learning a colonial home skill such as candle dipping, spinning, embroidery or quilting, reverse glass painting,
  • Spending a few hours back in time at the Old Schoolhouse learning the lessons of colonial school children.
  • A walking tour of the historic Monroe Centre Green on Monroe Turnpike or the Stepney Green on Main Street
  • Tour one or more of our historic properties.
  • Come to the EWML and learn about Fannie and Jennie Burr, artists who lived on Elm Street in the 19th and early 20th century. View paintings by them and read from their letters and diaries.
  • Find out what life was like in Monroe during the Revolutionary War when the Duc de Lauzon's 600 troops camped on the Monroe Green
  • Learn about the history of Monroe with a scavenger hunt at the mural "Our Town" painted by artist David Merrill
  • What was Monroe like during Civil War times? What can we learn about the Monroe community from the letters of Civil War soldier Ira Penfield? What do we learn about what was important in Monroe to Iraaway from home for 3 years
  • Who are some of the important women in Monroe's history? What did they accomplish and what can we learn from them?
  • What was it like to be a farmer's child? Why did they go to school in summer and winter ? What were they doing on the farm during the fall and spring?
  • How do we learn about the history of a town? Where do we look? What are the resources available? What can we find out from the stones in the cemetery?

Brownies visiting the Beardsley Homestead

Cub Scouts visiting the Meetinghouse

Cub Scout Programs
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Monroe Historical Society

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Coming Soon
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Stop in and see the David Merrill mural in the lower lobby of the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library. Click here for a printable mural key.
Click here to see photos of the move and of David working on the mural.

The Mail Wagon is back at the Post Office.
Click here to see photos of the wheel restoration and the move to the Post Office.