Hotchkiss Memorial Library
Location in Litchfield County, Connecticut
|• Type||Selectman-town meeting|
|• First selectman||Brent M. Colley (R)|
|• Selectman||Dale Jones (R)|
|• Selectman||Jessica K. Fowler (D)|
|• Total||59.6 sq mi (154.3 km2)|
|• Land||58.8 sq mi (152.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)|
|Elevation||1,135 ft (346 m)|
|• Density||47/sq mi (18.3/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (Eastern)|
|GNIS feature ID||213503|
Sharon is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States, in the northwest corner of the state. At the time of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 2,782, roughly a third more than it had had 230 years earlier. The ZIP code for Sharon is 06069. The urban center of the town is the Sharon census-designated place, with a population of 729 at the 2010 census.
The first inhabitants of the area they called Poconnuck were the Mattabesec Native Americans. These were part of what became known as the Wappinger confederacy, which in turn belonged to the loose Algonquian confederacy.
Sharon has six sites listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places:
- Ebenezer Gay House, Main St., Sharon
- George King House, 12 N. Main St., Sharon
- Gov. Smith Homestead, South Main St., Sharon
- James Pardee House, 129 N. Main St., Sharon
- Sharon Historic District, roughly Main St. from Low Rd. to its junction with Mitchelltown, Amenia Union, and W. Woods Rds., Sharon
- Sharon Valley Historic District
The town is bounded on the north by Salisbury, on the east across the Housatonic River by Cornwall, on the south by Kent, and on the west by Dutchess County, New York. Sharon is 42 miles (68 km) north of Danbury, 52 miles (84 km) west of Hartford, and 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Poughkeepsie, New York.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 59.6 square miles (154.3 km2), of which 58.8 square miles (152.2 km2) are land and 0.81 square miles (2.1 km2), or 1.33%, are water. Sharon is part of the Northwest Highlands of Connecticut, a region in and around the watershed of the Housatonic River. The Appalachian Trail passes for a few miles through the east side of Sharon, near West Cornwall and U.S. Route 7. Housatonic Meadows State Park is in the eastern part of the town, next to the Housatonic River.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,968 people, 1,246 households, and 775 families residing in the town. The population density was 50.6 per square mile (19.5/km2). There were 1,617 housing units at an average density of 27.5 per square mile (10.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.87% White, 0.94% African American, 0.57% Asian, 0.44% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.95% of the population.
There were 1,246 households, of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the town, the population was spread out, with 21.3% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 29.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.
The median household income was $53,000, and the median family income for a family was $71,458. Males had a median income of $42,841 versus $31,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $45,418. About 3.9% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under the age of 18 and none of those 65 and older.
Sharon is a member of Regional School District 01, which also includes the towns of Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, North Canaan, and Salisbury. Public school students attend Sharon Center School from grades K-8 and Housatonic Valley Regional High School from grades 9-12.
The town is served by state highways 4, 41, 343, and 361. Route 4 has its western terminus in Sharon and leads southeast 8 miles (13 km) to Cornwall Bridge and ultimately east 47 miles (76 km) to West Hartford. Route 41 leads north 8 miles (13 km) to Salisbury and southwest 4 miles (6 km) to the New York state line, Route 343 leads west and becomes New York State Route 343, leading 5 miles (8 km) to Amenia, New York, and Route 361 leads towards Millerton, New York, 6 miles (10 km) north of Sharon.
Notable residents and natives
- Kevin Bacon (1958-) and his wife Kyra Sedgwick (1965-), actors
- Patricia Buckley Bozell (1927-2008), author and editor; reared in Sharon with her brother William at the Buckley family home, "Great Elm"
- William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008), public intellectual, founder of National Review
- Yancy Butler (1970-), former Witchblade actress
- William Coley (1862-1936), prominent New York bone surgeon and inventor of "Coley's toxins", an early form of cancer immunotherapy
- Helen Coley Nauts (1907-2001), daughter of William Coley and co-founder of the Cancer Research Institute
- Jane Curtin (1947-), actress and comedian
- Michael J. Fox (1961-) and his wife Tracy Pollan (1960-), actors
- Frank R. Fratellenico (1951-1970), Medal of Honor recipient, Vietnam War
- Arthur Getz (1913-1996), illustrator for The New Yorker magazine
- Tom Goldenberg (1948-), artist
- Thomas Hart (1877-1971), U.S. Navy admiral and U.S. senator
- Benjamin B. Hotchkiss (1826-1885), ordnance engineer, husband of Maria Bissell Hotchkiss
- Maria Bissell Hotchkiss (1827-1901), educator, wife of Benjamin B. Hotchkiss
- Jasper Johns (1930-), artist
- Elijah Juckett (1760-1839), soldier in the Continental Army
- Sam Posey (1944-), retired racecar driver and sports broadcast journalist
- Campbell Scott (1961-), actor
- Ansel Sterling (1782-1853), congressman from Connecticut
- Bradley Whitford (1959-) and his wife Jane Kaczmarek (1955-), actors
The presence of Sharon Hospital, a sizeable regional hospital, has led to Sharon being birthplace to several people who did not live in the town:
- Philip Amelio, 1980s child actor; born in Sharon on November 3, 1977, but raised in nearby Pine Plains, New York
- Samuel Berger, U.S. National Security Advisor to President Bill Clinton; born in Sharon on October 28, 1945, but raised in nearby Millerton, New York
- Michael Cole (born Michael Shawn Coulthard), announcer on WWE Raw and former journalist with CBS Radio; born in Sharon on December 8, 1966, but raised in nearby Amenia, New York
- Alfred Korzybski, founder of the nearby Institute of General Semantics, died at Sharon Hospital March 1, 1950
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Sharon town, Litchfield County, Connecticut". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
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- The Connecticut Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly. Connecticut Magazine Company. 1903. p. 334.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Archived from the original on May 23, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
- "Actress Yancy Butler arrested for DUI". USA Today. March 15, 2007
- Epworth, Marsden. "Inspired by a Millerton Landscape," TriCorner News, May 17, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
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