Sharon

In 1859, Sharon was home to twelve sawmills, a gristmill and a bobbin factory. Today it is home to the largest solar array in Vermont (2.7 megawatts) and is reputed to have more solar generating capacity per capita than any other town in North America. It also boasts two general stores, restaurants, and a highly-regarded sports medicine clinic. Located at Exit 2 off of Interstate 89, Sharon is an attractive community for residents commuting to the Upper Valley or central Vermont. It boasts many traditional Vermont attractions: a lovely green, a small but innovative public library, an active volunteer Fire Department, acres of forest for walking, biking and hunting, and some of the best tubing on the White River. When it comes to the arts and education, Sharon is anything but traditional. Sharon is an education mecca with a top-performing elementary school, the region’s first public pre-Kingergarten program, and an innovative secondary school drawing students from all over the region. A renowned independent school of the arts hosts a steel drum band and classes ranging from Kripalu yoga to Japanese calligraphy. A resident dance troupe performs originally choreographed pieces at a local performance space. Sharon hosts one of the largest maple sugar producers in Vermont and is dotted with many diverse smaller gardens, orchards, and pasture farms. Programs like Sharon Sprouts bring farm and food education to the schools, while simultaneously hosting farmers’ markets and events that help the whole region to connect with local foods.
Claim to Fame: 
Birthplace of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church.
Quick Facts
Population: 
1502
Size: 
40.10 square miles
Year Established: 
2017
Attractions: 
Celebrating at Sharon’s Old Home Day in August – the oldest continuous Old Home Day celebration in Vermont. This 100-year-old tradition includes a parade, Fireman’s chicken barbecue, and a variety of fun and games.

Celebrating at Sharon’s Old Home Day in August – the oldest continuous Old Home Day celebration in Vermont. This 100-year-old tradition includes a parade, Fireman’s chicken barbecue, and a variety of fun and games.

Letterboxing in the Charles Downer State Forest. Try out the historic version of geocaching – a hobby on the rise worldwide. And while you’re at it, enjoy a hike, ride, or some fishing in this lovely forest. Photo: Wendy Copley

Letterboxing in the Charles Downer State Forest. Try out the historic version of geocaching – a hobby on the rise worldwide. And while you’re at it, enjoy a hike, ride, or some fishing in this lovely forest. Photo: Wendy Copley

Stocking up on local foods, great treats and creative culinary ideas at the farmer’s markets and festivals hosted by Sharon Sprouts, the local farm-to-school organization.

Stocking up on local foods, great treats and creative culinary ideas at the farmer’s markets and festivals hosted by Sharon Sprouts, the local farm-to-school organization.

Taking aim in Sharon’s weekly summer horseshoes tournaments – one of the best social events in town.

Taking aim in Sharon’s weekly summer horseshoes tournaments – one of the best social events in town.

Heading to the water for some of the best fishing, kayaking, and tubing along the White River. Jump off at the numerous access points along VT Route 14 and Sharon’s back roads. Photo: © Tim Calabro

Heading to the water for some of the best fishing, kayaking, and tubing along the White River. Jump off at the numerous access points along VT Route 14 and Sharon’s back roads. Photo: © Tim Calabro

Town Website: 
http://www.sharonvt.net/
Planning Docs: 
http://www.trorc.org/towns/sharon
Demographic Info: 
http://www.trorc.org/towns/sharon