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10. Sharon A Quintessential New England Village

Sharon is a quintessential New England village with its long narrow Green laid out in 1739, impeccably maintained 19th century homes and its classic Congregational Church. Along the green you will see the stately Hotchkiss Library erected in 1893 and the Soldier's Monument, a tribute to the soldiers of the American Revolution.

The Sharon Historical Society, on the Green operates the Gay-Hoyt House Museum, a lovely brick federal style home on the Sharon Green. Ebenezer Gay, a prominent citizen of Sharon and Revolutionary War veteran, built the house in 1775. The Museum's collections include American furniture from colonial to colonial revival; decorative arts, iron and iron-industry related artifacts, five portraits by folk artist Ammi Phillips, changing exhibits and a children's learning center. The library features a collection of CT history, decorative arts resources, and archives/photo collection.