Sharon, CT

Sharon Town Website

FACTS

Sharon is known for its Village Green 1 1/2 miles long, boarded by historic houses dating back to 1739.

POPULATION

Approximately 3000

LAND AREA

Area, 59.6 square miles. Residential and rural land located in Litchfield County.

STATE PARKS & FOREST

Housatonic Meadows

RECREATION AREAS

Housatonic River; Silver Lake (Mudge Pond); Town Beach (Residents only); Audubon Center (National); Sharon Country Club (private - other public golf courses nearby); Ski area in vicinity Mohawk Mountain loacted in Cornwall, Ct and Catamount located in nearby New York.


Let us open the door....to acquaint you with the history of Sharon, CT, a colonial town in northwestern Connecticut.

People from the Hartford Colony, who saw in its rolling hills and many brooks and lakes an environment, which is still appreciated by newcomers today, settled it.

In 1738 Sharon Township was divided into 53 "rights" - 50 for settlers and three for the support each of Parson, church and school. In 1739 the town was formally incorporated. Despite settlers' hardships and two epidemics, Sharon prospered and grew. In 1754 Reverend Cotton Mather Smith came as pastor and he was the guiding spirit of the town for 52 years. In 1775 the news of the Battle of Lexington reached Sharon during a Sunday service; men dropped hymnbooks to grasp muskets and immediately started drilling on the Green. Company after company left for the front. Many Sharon men were killed or captured in the early days of the war. Three of them, captured in Canada, were taken to England, and exhibited there in cages as examples of "horrific Yankees." Brought back to New York, they managed to escape, made their way home so marked by their sufferings as to be almost unrecognizable. Yet these same men re-enlisted at once.

By 1800 Sharon was a busy place. Its industries ranged from iron foundries and blast furnaces to silk culture and mousetrap factories; it manufactured stoves, ploughs, tools, guns, hats, linen, sailcloth, and was especially noted for its wagons and clocks. The local casket maker even made musical instruments- violins, organs and dulcimers. Sharon published a newspaper imported drugs from Amsterdam to distribute from Hartfor to Albany. The first meeting of the Medical Society of America was held in the ancestral home of the 23rd governor of Connecticut, Governor John Cotton Smith. Noah Webster of dictionary fame taught in Sharon and wrote his spelling book. He wooed a Sharon girl, Miss Pardee, in vain; she thought him too dull.

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