Sharon, Vermont

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Sharon is a town in Windsor County, Vermont, United States. It had a population of 1,411 at the 2000 census. The town is home to The Sharon Academy.

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History

One of the New Hampshire grants, the township was created on August 17, 1761 by a royal charter which King George III of England issued to Governor Benning Wentworth.[3] It was granted to John Taylor and 61 others, many from Sharon, Connecticut. The town was first settled about 1765 by Robert Havens and family. In 1780 during the Revolution, the village was attacked in the Royalton Raid,[4] when a combined force of British soldiers and Indians burned houses and killed livestock.

Although the surface of the town is very broken, the intervales contain fertile soil, and farming became an important industry. On June 26, 1848, the Vermont Central Railroad opened from White River Junction to Bethel, traversing Sharon and accelerating its development. The White River and its tributaries provided water power for mills. By 1859, when the population reached 1,240, Sharon had one gristmill, 12 sawmills and one bobbin factory.[4]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.1 square miles (103.9 km2), of which, 39.6 square miles (102.6 km2) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km2) of it (1.20%) is water. Sharon is drained by the White River and its tributaries.

The town is crossed by Interstate 89, Vermont Route 14 and Vermont Route 132.

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