Washington Lodge No. 19, the first Masonic Lodge in the country named for George Washington, formed in 1791 in Monroe. By 1800 the Lodge completed what was the first Temple in Connecticut erected solely for Masonic use. This building was later moved to Hurd Street and became the Town of Monroe’s first Town Hall. A new Masonic Temple was erected in 1904 at 1 Fan Hill Road. It is a Georgian Revival structure modeled on the central section of the White House in Washington, D.C.
Beardsley Hall, located just west of the Monroe Congregational Church on Monroe Green, was built in 1887 as the church’s first parish hall. Today, it is home to the Mustard Seed Thrift Shoppe, a non-profit secondhand store owned and operated by the church.
Construction began in 1802 on St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on the Green in Monroe. The Federal-style church, completed in 1807, has been attributed by J. Frederick Kelly to the architect David Hoadley, who designed a number of churches in Connecticut. The Episcopal church building, the oldest in Monroe, was raised for additional space in the 1920s. Read the rest of this entry »
Located at 31 Great Ring Road in Monroe, the Eliot Beardsley Homestead is colonial saltbox house, built around 1760. In 1993, it was purchased from the Town of Monroe by the Monroe Historical Society, which has been restoring the house as a living history museum and research library.
At the corner of East Village and Barn Hill Roads in Monroe is Connecticut’s oldest Methodist church. Built around 1811, the East Village Meeting House is now owned by the Monroe Historical Society. The restored Meeting House is now used for various community events.