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Local Lifestyles: Monroe, Massachusetts

In the Northwestern corner of Massachusetts, lies the smallest town in Franklin County, Monroe. Monroe is often referred to as Monroe Bridge because of the history behind its historic bridge. Once the Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington Railroad were completed, crewmen were told to leave the town’s mailbags at the Monroe bridge. In 1888, the post office was established and was known as the Monroe Bridge Post Office.

Looking across the Deerfield River from Monroe, is the town of Rowe. Monroe also borders Vermont to the north, and the town of Florida to the south and west.


As of the 2020 census, there were 118 people living in Monroe, making it the smallest town in Franklin County by population and population density.

The Outdoors

Much of the town of Monroe consists of Monroe State Forest. Hikers can walk up Hunt Hill for breathtaking views from the lookout platform. The forest also has miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding, plus more than five miles of streams.

During the warmer months, Monroe attracts many visitors to its section of the Deerfield River, which has Class III and IV rapids. The dam above the Monroe Bridge opens on a scheduled release, drawing in recreational boaters and commercial rafters alike.

Real Estate

If you are looking to buy a single family home, land to build your dream home, farm, or second home in Monroe, Mass, click here for the latest list of what is currently on the market. You can also contact Wanda Mooney to learn more about the area and the process of moving. 


For more information about community happenings and real estate news visit Wanda's Blog at www.wandamooney.com/blog.


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