Historic Downtown Walking Tour

The local Green County Leaders Program of 2018/2019 project was to create a virtual historic walking tour for downtown Monroe.  



Historic Green County Courthouse


1016 16th Avenue- Monroe, WI 53566

(608) 328-1838


Since 1891, the Green County Courthouse has been the cornerstone of Monroe’s downtown square – a building distinguished by arched porticos with polished marble pillars, windows with white granite block accents, and a 120-foot clock tower.

Request a Green County Courthouse brochure (including a timeline of historical highlights) by contacting Green County Tourism.  Open weekdays from 8:00AM – 4:30PM.

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1023 16th Avenue - Monroe, WI 53566

(608) 325-6157


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Rainbow Confections


1600 11th Street - Monroe, WI 53566

(608) 325-2635


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Monroe Arts Center


1315 11th Street - Monroe, WI 53566

(608) 325-5700

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Emil Baumgartner, opened his business in 1931, with the original aim of selling cheesemaking equipment to the several hundred factories in Wisconsin’s Green County. When the Depression hit, many factories were unable to pay in cash, so they paid in cheese instead. Baumgartner’s, in turn, began selling cheese, and then sandwiches, and soon, beer.

Now it features some of Wisconsin's finest cheese, imported cheese, specialty foods, and much more, Baumgartner's Cheese Store & Tavern,  is Wisconsin's oldest cheese store! In addition to our popular retail store, you can enjoy great food and locally brewed beers at our adjoining tavern! 

Hours: 8 AM - At Least 11:30 PM
Full Menu Open until 8:00 PM

Ruf's Confectionary, Paul A. Ruf ran a shoe shine and confectionery business on the northeast side of Monroe's Square for several years before he moved to the southwest side of the Square in 1904. 

Now Rainbow Confections keeps the history of the providing some amazing candy, popcorn, fudge and many more items that brings you back in time giving you that feeling when you were young.​

Open 7 Days a week

Sunday - Thursday 11 AM - 6 PM

Friday  11 AM - 7 PM

Saturday 10 AM - 7 PM

Our store hours vary by the season.

The mission of the Monroe Arts Center is threefold: to nurture an appreciation for the arts, to aid individual creative development, and to ensure the preservation and integrity of our historic facility.

Business Hours: 

Tuesday - Saturday 10AM to 5PM

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Jailhouse Tap


1404 12th Street - Monroe, WI 53566

(608) 325-6462


The original Green County Jail is now home to a tavern. Many years ago it started on fire, and it is rumored that beer from the brewery next door was used to extinguish the flames.

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Suisse Haus Food & Spirits


1602 12th Street - Monroe, WI 53566

(608) 325-3220

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Serving everything from hamburgers to hoagies, plus homemade pizza, soup and chili. Large selection of sandwiches and starters. Friday night fish fry. Outside dining in summer months on the back patio.

Bar and Grill: Monday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Pizza served: Monday – Friday: 4:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Saturday: Noon – 10:30 pm
Sunday: Noon – 9:30 pm
Noon – 11:00 pm on Sat. and Sun.

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Turner Hall of Monroe


1217 17th Avenue - Monroe, WI 53566

(608) 325-3461

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Steeped in the Swiss traditions and history of south-central Wisconsin, the Turner Hall of Monroe is a non-profit 501(c)(3) center of Swiss heritage and community activities. Established in 1868, it is believed to be the only Turner Hall of Swiss origin left in the United States, and is likewise one of the oldest, continuously-running Swiss entities in this country. The building, a Swiss Emmenthal-style chalet designed by German architect Max Hanisch, is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places and is handicapped-accessible.

An authentic Old World Ratskeller Restaurant, an elegant Grand Hall with the area's largest wooden floor, and a "retro" 8-lane Family Bowling facility are all part of the Turner Hall of Monroe. Its Swiss Heritage Series features an annual line-up of programs, concerts and events that perpetuate and nurture all things Swiss.

Bullets - Bonnies Restaurant


1301 15th Avenue - Monroe, WI 53566

(608) 325-7777


The Green County House was built in 1864 and has held that name through many owners and operators.  In November of 1979 Jim Doyle “Bullet” opened the doors of the Green County House.  It was only fitting to keep the historic name alive.  When Jim and his wife Kay first opened they ran the establishment as a bar and had bands play on the weekends.  In 1981 bullet decided to introduce food, since he owned the steak shack prior to opening the Green County House.   The food business was not new to him, and it was something he enjoyed. That is when our famous Bullets pizzas began along with sandwiches, and many other items! 

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1717 10th Street, Monroe, WI 53566

Second floor of Wisconsin Bank and Trust



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