Monroe county lies in the southeastern portion of the State adjoining the North Carolina line.
The southern portion of the county is exceedingly rough and mountainous, while the northern part, lying in the Valley of East Tennessee, is a fine agricultural section. The Sweetwater Valley, especially, is one of the loveliest in the State. The county seat is Madisonville, which has a population of 300. Other towns are Sweetwater, Glenlock and Belltown. The Little Tennessee and Tellico rivers furnish navigation, and the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad passes through the county. The county is well
timbered and the valley lands are very productive. The principal educational institution is Hiwassee College. The county has the usual rates of taxation. Monroe county is very rich in minerals. The principal of these is iron, which exists in large quantities and of excellent quality. Besides iron, lead, marble and gold and silver are found in the county. [Hand-book of Tennessee By A. W. Hawkins, Henry E. Colton 1882]
Monroe County was founded in 1819.
It was named
in honor of James Monroe, officer of the Continental Army. He was the minister to France 1794-1796, then again
in 1803. He served as Governor of Virginia 1799-1802, minister to England 1803-1804, Secretary of State 1811-1817.
Was the fifth President of the United States.
The county seat is Madisonville
Madisonville (county seat) * Sweetwater (small part in McMinn County)
Tellico Plains * Vonore (partial)
Ballplay * Coker Creek * Hopewell Mill * Hopewell Springs * Jalapa * Mount Vernon