Take a Stroll Down a Forgotten Time ~ The Monroe Garden District, previously called The Monroe Residential Historic District, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is conveniently located in the heart of Monroe. It consists of over 600 structures in a variety of architectural styles. Development of the neighborhood began in 1891 and is embraced on the North and West by the Ouachita River.
The Garden District area has many local restaurants, jogging areas, the elegant home of Joseph Biedenharn - the first bottler of Coca-Cola, ELsong Gardens, the Bible Museum, the Coca-Cola Museum, the America Legion Hall, and Forsythe Park. Forsythe Park is a 53-acre park with playgrounds, a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, softball, baseball and soccer fields. A public boat launch and bike trail are just over the levee along the river.