Sharon and Sharon Springs

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Located in the northwest corner of Schoharie County, Sharon was established in 1797 after Palatine German and Dutch families had settled in the area, replacing the Iroquois in the 18th century. Set in rolling hills with magnificent vistas over the Mohawk Valley, the area's mineral springs drew native people and Europeans to bathe in the health-promoting waters. The spa era of grand hotels and wealthy guests gave way to a slow but steady decline around 1900; however, from the early 1990s, the town has enjoyed a renaissance with the arrival of creative artists and entrepreneurs, including The Fabulous Beekman Boys, whose reality television series showcased Sharon, linking past to present. The couple lives in the mansion of prominent early resident William Beekman, the first judge of Schoharie County and the owner of the first mercantile.
ISBN: 9781467122757
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of America
Images: 187
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Nancy DiPace Pfau, a retired teacher, is the historian for the town of Sharon and village of Sharon Springs. She is a member of the Sharon Historical Society and secretary of the Association of Public Historians of New York State. She received a bachelor's in history from Syracuse University and a master's from Columbia University. Most of the photographs in this book come from the Sharon Historical Society; others are drawn from the private collections of local residents.
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