Sharon was populated by Native Americans for quite a long time before it was settled by colonists of European extraction in 1739. It is a wealthy township with much natural beauty and many old, very well-kept mansions. It is a bit quieter than neighboring Kent.
The north-south Federal Route 7 hugs the west bank of the Housatonic River at the eastern boundary of the township. The roads that intersect at the center of town are the roughly north-south State Route 41 and State Route 4 (343 across the New York State line), which is most nearly southeast-northwest and connects the town with Amenia, New York. State Route 361 (same number in New York) continues further north and goes to Millerton, New York.
You will need a vehicle to get around town.
Parks and nature preserves
There are several parks and nature preserves, including:
- Housatonic Meadows Park.
- Housatonic State Forest.
- Sharon Audubon Center, 325 Cornwall Bridge Road (Route 4), ☏ . Raptor Center and Trails: open dawn to dusk. Visitor Center and Nature Store open: Tuesday through Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays.. Includes two lovely ponds (the marshier Ford Pond and the clearer, larger Bog Meadow Pond), a garden, a center for rescued raptors, and a museum/center for rescued animals and gift shop. Some of the paths, such as the one that hugs Bog Meadow Pond may be muddy, possibly impassible after a rain, and buggy (it's a good idea to use some insect repellent before hiking). The grounds are home to a wide variety of wildlife. You can get trail maps without extra charge at the Visitor Center or look at one on their website. Trail fees: $3/person, $1.50 for seniors, $1.50 for children and free for members of National Audubon Society and friends of the Sharon Audubon Center.
- Sharon Country Club, 2 Golf Rd, ☏ , fax: . 9-hole regulation course.
|Routes through Sharon|
|Pittsfield ← Sheffield ←||N S||→ Kent → Danbury|