Sharon, CT

Population: 3,012
Area: 59.6 sq.mi.
Schools: Sharon Center School (K-8) & Housatonic Valley Regional High School


Sharon offers rolling farmland, mountaintop vistas and the lovely - if ill-named -Mudge Pond, where townspeople swim, boat and fish and which is home to the Silver Lake Conference Center. The Sharon Audubon Center has hundreds of acres of nature trails, while farm stands like Ellsworth Farm and Paley's sell armloads of fresh flowers and just-picked local produce. Open fields with grazing cattle are a common sight. But nearer to the charming Sharon Town Green, anchored by the 1885 Sharon Clocktower, and surrounded by historic homes, the visitor will find businesses to meet most needs, from groceries to gas and banking. The Hotchkiss Library on the Green hosts an annual book signing and sale with a score of notable authors, as well as a year-round schedule of readings and events. The Historic Society's annual attic treasure sale and appraisal day is a town event. Nearby is the historic Sharon Playhouse, now home to TriArts theater which produces top quality musicals, concerts and dramas featuring a mix of professional and local talent. The charming private Sharon Country Club, offers tennis, golf and dining in a bucolic setting. The 78-bed Sharon Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and provides medical care to both the towns of the Northwest corner and nearby Dutchess County in New York.

The Sharon Center School (with a day care center on the premises) offers small classes and individual attention; students go on to the Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village. Nearby private alternatives include the Indian Mountain elementary and middle school and the Dutchess Day School ; secondary school alternatives include the Salisbury, Hotchkiss, Kent, South Kent and Millbrook (N.Y.) schools.

Surrounding the Green and winding south on the Sharon-Amenia Rd. is an eclectic collection of stately and charming homes, many dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Sharon, once a summer retreat for the monied classes, still boasts a sizeable weekend population. The historic Ellsworth section of Sharon, the original village, includes houses from the 18th century. Among other advantages of living in Sharon is the proximity (15-20 minutes) from the Metro-North railroad stop in Wassaic, across the line in New York state.

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