Introduction to Monroe, New York
Monroe was organized in 1799, as the Dutch were the first European settlers in the area. Soon after, many English families from Long Island were drawn to the area, and started using it for farming purposes. The Town of Monroe was originally known as Chesekook, but it was later renamed in honor of President James Monroe. Monroe was incorporated as a village on July 30, 1894.
Monroe and nearby Attractions
- Museum Village
- Goosepond Mountain State Park
- Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
- Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame
- New Jersey Botanical Garden
- Palisades Interstate Park
Things To Do In Monroe
Monroe is home to the Museum Village. This living history museum houses artifacts reflecting 19th century life in this area. At the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, visitors can view collections of photographs, fine art, trophies and memorabilia. The Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site commemorates the site where Gen. "Mad Anthony" Wayne defeated the British forces in the Revolutionary War. Palisades Interstate Park, Storm King State Park and Harriman State Park are the local parks.
Air transportation is available from Stewart International Airport.
Monroe Higher Education
Nearby colleges include the Rockland Community College, Ramapo College of New Jersey and Orange County Community College.