“Take the Waters” in the Village of Sharon Springs

Native Americans were probably the first to use the springs of Sharon for medicinal and healing purposes.  There is evidence that Indian trails led close to the mineral water springs and artifacts of arrowheads, pottery shards and flint chips have been found in the vicinity over the years.  It is believed the Mohawk Tribe gathered here in large numbers and drank of and bathed in the health-giving waters, resulting in less contagious diseases than other tribes of the Iroquois Nation.

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During the late 19th and early 20th Century, it was fashionable to “take the waters”.  The Village of Sharon Springs, a resort with gracious accommodations for the wealthy, gained international fame through the popularity of its mineral waters.  Here, amid picturesque surrounds, visitors found relief from pain of arthritis, rheumatism, and a myriad of other ailments.

Today, this little Village is still attracting attention with its distinctive history.  In 1994, the spa district was listed in New York’s Register of Historic Places and the National Register.  Approximately 180 buildings, including bathhouses, hotels and homes, dating from the mid 19th Century and early 20th
Century, were surveyed and are included in the historic district.  Walking tour plaques along Main Street tell the history of this little community with its unusual architecture.  Quaint gift shops and restaurants have taken over buildings of the past and given them new uses.

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Information provided by Sandra Manko and the Sharon Historical Society.