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We want to welcome you to the
Monroe Ohio Historical Society!
We operate three (3) museums: an 1800’s era log cabin, a 1910 General Store, and our home, a replica of the Williamsburg Virginia, Chickahominy House.

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Only $10/yr!  JOIN TODAY!

As you browse our pages, remember:
Every day you are a part of our history and the memories you make along the way are your living legacy to your family and your community.

Located in Butler County, Ohio, the Monroe Historical Society’s mission is to acquire, preserve, exhibit and interpret the proud history of hometown Monroe!

We are located at 10 E. Elm Street.


Postcards of 1910 Monroe  -  $1

T-Shirts with log cabin logo  -  $5

Collectible Replica’s  -  $10

Monroe History Books  -  $5

11” x 17” Log Cabin Prints  -  $5

Call or email us today to place an order.

(513) 539-2270

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This photo is one of over 840 glass plate negatives in our museum collection.
Taken between 1892 - 1920 by Marion G. Warner who owned the general store at Main & Elm St (our 1910 building), these priceless artifacts of historic Monroe were found by Mr. James Price in an outdoor shed when the building next door (where our main museum is today) was being prepared for demolition.
Now digitized for preservation, we can’t thank Jim enough for saving this treasured collection!
The photo from April 26, 1908 shows the Excello canal and lock passing over Dick’s Creek off what is now the old Hamilton-Middletown Road looking north towards Oxford State Road (Rt 73). The now empty Harding-Jones Paper Co. would have been in full operation and this photo is likely taken from A.E. Hardings home on the hill. This was the first lock built on the Miami-Erie canal, which had largely ceased operating by 1906 and later was filled in to become Middletown’s Verity Parkway. This photo shows probably the last canal boat ever in use.
About Us
Read our Monroe Legend Newsletter!
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Monroe Legend - Vol 2, #2

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The Museum is open on MONDAY’s from 10am-12pm. 10 E. Elm St. Monroe, OH
We are always happy to accommodate groups or schools to tour our museums, including the pioneer log cabin in the park. Call us to schedule at (513) 539-2270.

FREE - Community Program!

Thursday, July 30 at 7pm

Our next program will be “Genealogy - Getting Started and Online Sites to Use” by Pam White, President of the Butler County Ohio
Genealogical Society.
Held at the East Ave Community Room -
6 East Ave., Next to the Lending Library. FREE!

Pioneer Log Cabin.

circa 1797-1817

View of Excello Canal and Lock - 1908

Monroe Legend - Vol 3, #1

Monroe Legend - Vol 3, #2

Our log cabin receives a new roof, via grant from State of Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission!

Monroe Legend - Vol 3, #3