Monroe Center, settled in 1859 in the area now known as Grand Traverse County. The town is located 12 miles south of Traverse City with a current population of 200.

The village sits on top of Mason Hill, one of the largest in the county. It's also split into two townships: Blair on the east and Green Lake on the west, on the junction of Hilltop Road and County Road 633.

Back in Monroe Center's late 1800's heyday, the town had a blacksmith, boat livery, boot & shoe store, church, feed mill, general store, hotel, post office, a handful of sawmills, and schoolhouse. Nowadays it still has the church and the former general store, now a residence. A little ways south on County Road 633 is the cemetery (cemeteries are always a good place to get a feel for the early years of any town or village by the markers of old settlers).