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Monroe, CT is one of the larger towns (not cities) in Connecticut, and is one of several considered a bedroom community of NYC. It is surrounded by Easton, Newtown, Oxford, Shelton and Trumbull, many themselves considered prime bedroom communities. Many of the residents living in Monroe commute to the cities for work every day. The town is named after James Monroe, fifth President of the United States. Stevenson Damn, which created Lake Zoar, is located on the Housatonic River, and is on that National Register of Historic Places. Joining the dam on the list are three homes in town, as well as the Monroe Center Historic District. The district contains sixty important structures of historical significance, located on 120 acres. Nature lovers enjoy Webb Mountain Park, which has hiking trails and campsites. The park is adjacent to the Webb Mountain Discovery Zone, which covers 170 acres. The Discover Zone promotes outdoor education, exploration, and learning in a hands-on environment. Three loop trails are lined with interpretive signs. In addition, the park provides educational resources for teachers, as well as space for outdoor classrooms and more. Educational programs are also presented separately from school groups. William E. Wolf Park is another popular area with locals. The park offers up a barbecue area and nearby pavilion, public pool, several baseball fields, a football field, a basketball court and a playground. There's also a hiking trail that will take you to Great Hollow Lake. In addition, a 5 mile "Rails to Trails" walking and biking trail leads from the lake to nearby Newtown. More trails are being considered that would connect to additional nearby town towns and villages. The Parks and Recreation Department sponsors a number of camps, lessons and events for children and adults. In addition, they sponsor Theater in the Park, Summer Fun Days,

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  • Fawn Hollow Elementary School
  • Masuk High School
  • Monroe Elementary School
  • Saint Jude School
  • Saint Stephens School
  • Sandy Hook Elementary School
  • Stepney Elementary School
  • Stepney High School

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