At the turn of the 20th century, Sharon’s very existence was threatened by the collapse of the local iron industry as the town’s economy and population began to decline. However, the popularity of automobile transportation and Sharon’s accessible distance from New York attracted a class of wealthy visitors who fell in love with the rolling hills an quiet valleys. This new weekend population purchased land and built stately country homes, reigniting interest in the area. Steady growth in construction provided much-needed work, and commerce began to thrive.
Thus begins this illustrated story of life in the town of Sharon in the 20th century. This book includes never before seen photographs from private collections compiled thematically and chronicling everyday life in town.
A team of Sharon Historical Society volunteers have drawn images from museum collections and the community to author this glimpse into Sharon in the 20th century.