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Sharon Town

Sharon Town Hall is located at 868 Chestnut Street, Sharon Springs NY 13459; phone: 518-284-2260.

Beginnings [1]

Named for Sharon Connecticut, the Town was formed from Schoharie, March 17, 1797, as Dorlach. It's name was subsequently changed. Seward was taken off in 1840. It is the north-west corner town of the County. Westkill is the principal stream and flows through the western part.

Colonel Calvin Rich, from New England, is said to have been the first settler in the town. He was afterwards at Sackets Harbor as Colonel of drafted milition in General Richard Dodge's brigade.

The Town comprises part of Frederick Young's Patent of 20,000 acres granted September 25, 1761; a tract of 8,000 acres granted to Bradt and Livingston; a tract of 7,000 acres granted to Johannes Lawyer Jr., Jacob Borst and others, August 14, 1761, and a small part of the New Dorlach Patent.

Sharon's population in 1870 was approximately 2,600 inhabitants. [Census 2000 reported a population of approximately 1,800.]

  1. Child, Hamilton, Gazetteer and Business Directory of Schoharie County, N.Y. for 1872-3, The Journal Office, Syracuse, 1872.
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