WELCOME TO THE MONARCH PUBLIC HOUSE
THE OLDEST OPERATING TAVERN IN WISCONSIN
Nestled in the Fountain City bluffs along the Mississippi River, on Wisconsin’s Great River Road, The Monarch Public House has been a destination for travelers since 1894.
Wisconsin’s oldest serving establishment is an Irish stones throw from Winona Mn, Alma Wisconsin, Wabasha Minnesota, Trempealeau Wisconsin, Arcadia and Cochrane Wisconsin
Nestled in the Mississippi River BLUFFS, The Monarch Public House in Fountain City has been a destination for travelers since 1894, MAKING IT THE STATES OLDEST SERVING ESTABLISHMENT.
The Monarch s elegant Old World look and casual family atmosphere combine to CREATE a memorable experience for all our guests. Preservation Hall Restaurant s diverse family recipe menu makes it an easy choice for adults and children alike.
Whether enjoying a quiet dinner in our private lofts, gathering with friends in the main hall, or basking in the view from our elevated decks overlooking the river, we invite you to step through the door of history and enjoy a taste of the past .
The historic tavern and restored restaurant still feature the original hand carved oak back bar, ornate pressed tin ceilings and 120 year old tables and chairs. The display of authentic memorabilia and details of meticulous restoration enhance its turn-of-the-century charm.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 10pm
Monday: 5pm – 10pm
Wednesday and Thursday 5pm – 10pm
Always smoke free and wee ones friendly
About Historic Fountain City, Wisconsin
Fountain City was the first permanent settlement of Buffalo County, Wisconsin, incorporating in 1839. The town was originally founded as Holmes Landing, a name acquired from a family who traded with the Sioux and Chippewa Indian Tribes. Fountain City s ancestry is mostly of German, Swiss and Norwegian heritage, as it was northern European immigrants who homesteaded the area. The original area industries were timber and farming, with the Mississippi River serving as the transportation conduit for the region.
Fountain City’s population today is 926 and agriculture remains an important economic contributor to the area. The city s farming history is celebrated each year over the Labor Day weekend at the Old Time Farm Fest. The attraction of the natural resources of the area both by its thousands of annual visitors and by the hunting and fishing interests of residents and visiting sportsmen serves as the economic engine for this small river town. Fountain City Days celebrates the town s natural resources and its Mississippi River history every year during the second weekend in August.
Fountain City, Wisconsin
Attractions and Accommodations
The Monarch Public House is a feature on Wisconsin’s Grea t River Road
The Wisconsin Great River Road parallels the Mississippi River for 250 miles from Prescott in the north to Kieler in the south. Along the way, you ll experience incredible scenery and 33 unique communities, some of which like Fountain City, are even older than the state of Wisconsin.
You ll find hiking, bicycling, fishing and boating in the recreational areas along the byway. Two-thirds of the Great River Road features protected natural areas, providing bird and native animal watching opportunities.
Historical markers, museums and visitor centers tell the story of the Wisconsin Great River Road and the people who live and work along the river. Scenic overlooks are some of the best places in North America to see bald and golden eagles, buzzards and a panorama of migratory waterfowl.
Don t miss the many agritourism attractions. The Wisconsin Great River Road passes through a region filled with farms, orchards and vineyards. You ll find farmers markets, organic farms, wineries, museums, cheese makers, craft breweries, apple orchards and more.
For an unforgettable family road trip, a relaxing getaway or a weeklong vacation, explore the Wisconsin Great River Road and be sure to “step back into history” at the Monarch Public House. an original from 1894.