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Birdsey's Plain Green was a "Place of Parade" set aside for "Publick Use" in 1817. This area of the town of Monroe, also known as Upper Stepney, was settled by the 1760s but those who lived there traveled to Monroe Center for church and government activities. In 1839 a Methodist church was built at the green and soon after a Baptist church was located there. In the 1840s, the railroad came through Birdsey's Plain encouraging industrial development. A commercial center with shops and an inn grew up near the green and became the commercial center for the town of Monroe. Mark Twain is said to have stopped there and may well have as it would have been near his home in Redding.



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