Monroe is a suburban community in Fairfield County which boasts a vibrant business center, a historic town green, several nature spots and excellent schools. Monroe has a population of approximately 19,500 people and borders the towns of Newtown, Redding, Easton, Shelton and Trumbull. The town’s proximity to Interstates 95 and 84, and accessibility to several cities, makes it an ideal bedroom community.
Monroe was founded in and 1823 is named after James Monroe, fifth president of the United States who was serving at that time. Purchased from the Paugussett Indians, it was mainly a farming town until the 19th century, when it became a hub for those traveling to Danbury, Bridgeport or New York.
The epicenter of Monroe’s charm is on display in its picturesque town green. The lush lawn dotted with trees is the site of a grand gazebo and is surrounded by historic homes and churches. The green is a site for many of Monroe’s community events; including the seasonal farmer’s market, the summer Strawberry Festival and the autumn Apple Festival.
Monroe boasts exceptional recreational facilities and popular family attractions including Great Hollow Lake, Webb Mountain, Wolfe Park, and its rails to trails bike paths.
Shoppers and diners will find that Monroe is host to a busy corridor of retail businesses and well-rated dining establishments along routes 111 and 25.
The Monroe School System includes three elementary schools (Fawn Hollow, Monroe Elementary and Stepney Elementary), Jockey Hollow Middle School and Masuk High School. Since 2011, the STEM Academy located at Masuk HS offers alternative instruction to students in 7th, 8th and 9th grades.
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