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Monroe, Massachusetts, USA - Village Hall and School House - Monroe Bridge, Mass.

Monroe, Franklin, MA

Monroe was first settled in 1800 and was officially incorporated in 1822. The town was named for President James Monroe, who was in office at the time of incorporation. wikipedia

Monroe includes: Monroe Bridge Station (Hoosac Tunnel & Wilmington R. R.)
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Village Hall and School House - Monroe Bridge, Mass.
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1822 - The town of Monroe is incorporated

Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
1845 - MONROE. [Pop. 282. Inc. 1822.]
This smallest town in the county was named in honor of James Monroe, who was President of the United States, at the time the town was incorporated.

It was composed of a part of Rowe and of a tract called Zoar. Monroe is an elevated region, and raises some sheep, but its few inhabitants depend upon the produce of their farms.

Deerfield River separates the town from Rowe.

Distance from Greenfield, 23 miles; from Boston, 125.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1848 - Monroe
This town was incorporated in 1822. It is situated on the high lands north of Hoosic river. Distance, 23 miles from Greenfield, and 130 N. W. of Boston. Number of inhabitants, 232. It is stated that no religious society has yet been formed in the place. In 1837, there were 400 Saxony, 600 merino, and 103 other kinds of sheep; the average weight of whose fleeces were three and one fourth pounds.
Historical Collections Relating to the History... John Warner Barber, Worcester, Warren Lazell, 1848
Monroe Massachusetts, 1890
Monroe is an elevated town forming the northwestern corner of Franklin County. Its boundaries are Rome [Rowe] on the east, Florida on the south and west, and Readsborough, in Vermont, on the north. The town has an area of about 12 square miles; there being 6,794 acres of assessed land. There are 3,908 acres of forest. The Deerfield River, flowing southwest, forms the eastern line. An affluent, Mill Brook, enters at the southern line, having gathered in its branches from all parts of the town. There is a central valley where most of the farms are located, but the surface is generally rough, resting on a basis of calcareous gneiss and rocks of the Quebec group. The 34 farms in 1885 yielded an aggregate product valued at $25,018. Considerable quantities of maple sugar are made. Two small saw mills were in operation a part of the time, the value of all wooden products sold being $1,566. The number of dwellings was 40, and of inhabitants 176, including 51 legal voters, The valuation of the ... Read MORE...

1895 - Monroe
Monroe, a small post-township of Franklin co., Mass., 9 miles E.N.E. of North Adams, is drained by the Deerfield River. It has several saw-mills. Pop. 190.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1906
Monroe, a post-township (town) of Franklin co., Mass., 9 miles ENE. of North Adams, is drained by the Deerfield River. Pop. in 1900, 305.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Monroe, Massachusetts might not be the biggest town, but it's got its own charm and plenty of things to see and do. Here's a list:
1. Monroe Historical Society:

Start your journey by exploring the local history at the Monroe Historical Society. It's a great place to learn about the town's roots, past events, and the people who shaped it.

2. Monroe State Forest:

Nature lovers, rejoice! Monroe State Forest offers picturesque hiking trails, perfect for a day of outdoor adventure. The forest is teeming with wildlife, and the trails vary in difficulty, catering to both beginners and seasoned hikers.

3. Monroe Craft Fair:

If you happen to visit during the right season, check out the Monroe Craft Fair. It's a fantastic opportunity to support local artisans and maybe snag some unique, handmade souvenirs.

4. Monroe's Local Eateries:

Monroe might surprise you with its local food scene. Explore the town's eateries to savor some authentic regional flavors. Whether it's a cozy diner, a family-owned pizza joint, or a hidden gem with a chef's special, you're sure to find something delightful.

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Monroe, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorMartin BALLOU (18 April 1777, Royalston, Massachusetts, USA - 24 April 1854, Monroe, Massachusetts, USA (Monroe Bridge))
male ancestorJames SHELDON (1777, - 6 February 1859, Monroe, Massachusetts, USA (Monroe Bridge))
male ancestorHenry HOLBROOK (1778, - 26 February 1862, Monroe, Massachusetts, USA (Monroe Bridge))
male ancestorDaniel GORE (1784, - 10 April 1859, Monroe, Massachusetts, USA (Monroe Bridge))
male ancestorJeduthan ROBERTS (1790, - 19 February 1856, Monroe, Massachusetts, USA (Monroe Bridge))
male ancestorHarvy GOODELL (1793, - 3 July 1866, Monroe, Massachusetts, USA (Monroe Bridge))
male ancestorMichael JUDGE (1798, - 21 November 1880, Monroe, Massachusetts, USA (Monroe Bridge))
male ancestorSamuel STOCKWELL (13 August 1799, Whitingham, Vermont, USA (Jacksonville) - 9 October 1871, Monroe, Massachusetts, USA (Monroe Bridge))
male ancestorDaniel THAYER (21 March 1801, Conway, Massachusetts, USA - 15 June 1857, Monroe, Massachusetts, USA (Monroe Bridge))

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