Sharon, New York

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Sharon is a town in Schoharie County, New York, United States. The population was 1,843 at the 2000 census. The town is named after a location in Connecticut, from where some early settlers came.

The Town of Sharon is in the northwest corner of the county and is southwest of Amsterdam.

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History

The town was first settled around 1780. It was called "New Dorlach" from a location in Germany known to the early settlers while still in Otsego County.

In 1781 during the American Revolution, a battle, the Battle of Sharon, was fought in the town between small contingents of Colonial forces and Tories.

Sharon was created in 1797 from the Town of Schoharie during the early organization of Schoharie County.

The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 reduced road traffic on a major east-west turnpike through the town, leading to the decline of several early communities.

Sharon Springs set itself apart from the Town of Sharon in 1871 by incorporating as a village, and absorbed the neighboring community of Rockville during this process.

Notable residents

  • William Beekman, County judge, state senator.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.2 square miles (101.4 km²), of which, 39.1 square miles (101.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.23%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Montgomery County and the west town line is the border of Otsego County.

US Route 20 is an east-west highway in the town. New York State Route 10, a north-south highway, intersects US-20 at Sharon Springs. New York State Route 145 has its northern terminus at US-20 at Sharon village.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,843 people, 678 households, and 484 families residing in the town. The population density was 47.2 people per square mile (18.2/km²). There were 838 housing units at an average density of 21.4/sq mi (8.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.21% White, 0.60% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.25% of the population.

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