Sharon and Sharon Springs, New York (Images of America Series)

Sharon and Sharon Springs, New York (Images of America Series)


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Sharon and Sharon Springs, New York (Images of America Series) by Sharon Historical Society, Nancy DiPace Pfau

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467122757
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 03/09/2015
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,243,001
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Early Settlements 9

2 The Spa Era 17

3 Hops 35

4 The Jewish Era 45

5 Town Life 71

6 Challenging Times 99

7 Hope and Renewal 113

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