Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Latter-day Saints was born in Sharon and a visitor center and monument can be explored just a short drive up Dairy Hill Road to LDS Lane. In the winter the church lights up a winter spectacle, complete with a covered bridge made from lights and a live nativity scene using real animals in a manger. The visitor center offers a multimedia presentation of the story of the prophet and church good for all ages. The grounds are beautifully kept and a wonderful place to walk, meditate and contemplate one’s spiritual life.
Sharon gets its name from Sharon, Connecticut, where many of its original settlers once lived. Located alongside the scenic White River, Sharon enjoys wonderful fishing spots, deep swimming holes and whitewater rapids ready for riding in the spring. With a community population of just under 1,400 people, the town offers small town life with elegant dining, general stores, a post office, and a public library with free 24-hour high-speed WiFi.
Sharon is home to the Vermont Institute for the Arts and to the Sharon Academy, a private middle school and high school. Sharon is also home to the Seven Stars Art Center, Camp Downer summer camp, and Gifford Medical Center’s renowned sports medicine clinic the Sharon Health Center. And let us not forget that Sharon is home to Sandy’s where you can get a great creemie in the summertime!
More than 2,000 acres of wildlife habitat have either been put into conservation or are part of the State Forest, making Sharon an ideal place to commune with nature. Bird watching, mushroom hunting, leaf peeping, pinecone collecting, or searching for fiddleheads in the spring are all great ways to get the whole family into the woods and meadows.