Monroe is full of old southern history spanning the life of our nation. Monroe is known as the “City of Governors,” having been home to eight governors through the years. Of the eight who called Monroe home, seven were Georgia Governors and one was a Texas Governor.
Today Monroe is best known as the city of antiques. We are home to one of the largest antique malls in the southeast, just one of the nine antique shops our city has to offer.
Antiquing is only one option to experience history in downtown Monroe. Pick up one of our self-guided Historic Wellness Walk brochures for a hands-on history lesson about our community and the charming old buildings and homes that line our city streets.
(The brochure can be downloaded from the links below)
For more hands-on history right outside of downtown Monroe, visit the William Harris Homestead. The Homestead is an award-winning Georgia landmark and listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The Homestead features an 1825 log house and outbuildings, lush gardens and stunning landscapes.
Monroe, like many other small towns across America, has benefited from the recent trend toward preserving community culture through historic preservation and revitalization of downtown centers. Over the last 10 years, Downtown Monroe has exploded with restoration of old buildings for restaurants, shops and other business.
One of our unique amenities in downtown Monroe is the Wayfarer Hotel. The restored 1910 building offers two spacious suites and one guestroom. With modern accents, local art and exceptional service, The Wayfarer Hotel offers the ultimate in elegant and comfortable accommodations for guests.
Hollywood comes to town
Monroe has served as a backdrop for many big and small
screen productions, most recently, the Vampire Diaries, a music video for Florida Georgia Line, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, American Pie Reunion and Dumb and Dumber 2. One of these major productions left behind their signature right in the middle of town. It has been adopted by the city as a permanent addition.
We are not going to tell you who or what it is.
You have to visit us and find out for yourself!