About the House
Settled in 1785, this plot of land was the first to be explored by Europeans in the area. Construction of the current building finished in 1873. Named for Dr. Alfred Sawyer, the home was given to the city of Monroe in 1938. Over the years it fell into various states of disrepair; after renovations, a fire nearly destroyed the home in 2013. Today a dedicated group of individuals work diligently to restore the home to its former state.
Friday Night Soiree
at the Historic Sawyer House
Dance the Night Away
Join us as we bring the sounds of 19th century to life! Can't you just picture the music flowing through the historic house? With a space set aside just for dancing, prepare to dance a romantic waltz or a spirited reel!
Practice your Persona in the Parlor
Here visitors will be able to practice their impressions in a comfortable setting. Ken Giorlando will be available to help create the environment for an evening of fun and immersion!
***Photo credit belongs to The River Raisin Centre for the Arts Dance Academy
We request your Presence...
As an attendee of The Citizen’s Forum of the 1860s, we invite you to a night of food, dancing, and general mirth at the Historic Sawyer House in Monroe. Period dress is encouraged, though it does not need to be formal. Show off your favorite mid-19th century ensemble and spend hours in polite company!
Enjoy a Taste of History
We will be providing a delicious selection of period fare throughout the evening. Get a taste of the 19th century with original recipes.
Experience Period Amusements
Come sit a spell as we play whist, checkers or simply catch up with friends and neighbors.