The Native Americans of the Mohawk Valley were the first to discovery the mystical beauty of Sharon and the healing powers of its mineral springs, using the sulfur-rich waters to heal the skin. (These same waters are used in our Beekman 1802 soaps.)

Sharon Springs is one of the only places in the world with a confluence of three distinct mineral springs (sulfur, magnesium, and chalybeate)-each with a temple built to mark the point at which the waters bubble forth from the earth.

(Images from the Sharon Springs Historical Society, click on any image to start slide show)

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Sharon Springs was a fashionable spa resort that entertained American presidents like Martin van Buren and Theodore Roosevelt as well as the social elites like the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers.  The sloping streets would swell with as many as 20,000 visitors in the summer and the New York Times would send its correspondents to report on the comings and goings of the wealthy.

But times change like the seasons, and the rich abandoned Sharon Springs for more exotic locations, the Great Depression struck another blow, and the construction of US 20 bypassed the village (even today it’s possible to drive right by the turn to go down into the village proper)

Throughout the decades, scarcely a person has driven through the village and dreamed of its possibilities.  We would love to see the next chapter in its history include a revival of its spa heritage and a nod to the rich agricultural traditions of upstate NY.

Good food.  Good bodies.  Good life.

Have you driven through Sharon Springs lately? 

Tell us what you dreamed of.

 

by Josh and Brent

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Sue Turowski

I am planning a trip to Sharon Springs in May. I would love to stay where you would suggest and visit a Spa if that indeed would be an option. Please let me know.
What other recommendations would you have for me while on my visit to Sharon Springs.
I am from Grafton, Wisconsin
Thank you so much in advance for your recommendations!

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Dr. Brent

Hi, Sue. Unfortunately, the baths are not operational at the moment, but with continued visits from people like you, we will one day restore Sharon Springs to its former glory

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Sue Turowski

Where would you reccomend I stay? How many days worth of tourism should I dedicate to Sharon Springs? Based on what I read in Josh’s book 2 days should work is that correct?
Thank you.

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Dr. Brent

Two days would be a good time to explore the area. Look at the enjoysharonsprings.com website for local attractions and accommodations

Kathy Woodbeck

I am proud to say I was born,raised, and still living near Sharon Springs and have always enjoyed it beauty (even at its worst)

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Frank N. Tucker, III

The art work for this section, is it a print or something that might be for sale? I would to have it hanging on my wall, and use it in my church work.

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Linda Schnell-Leonar

When I was younger, I practiced the Jewish ritual of going to Mikvah . Several biblical regulations specify that full immersion in water is required to regain ritual purity, which is through immersion in any natural collection of water. A Mikvah requires "living water", such as springs or groundwater wells. There is a Mikvah in Sharon Springs, although, I do not know if it is still being used. It is on Division Street, and from what I saw, looked closed. My dream was to make the Sharon Springs Mikvah usable again.~~

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Kristen Rutledge

Sharon Springs is one of the most magical places on earth… a little slice of heaven. I was just there Saturday and it is just as exciting as the first time I went. I would love to see the Adler restored. That is such a beautiful place. One of my dreams was to see someone do something with the Claussen, which is now a a dream coming true. I cannot wait to tour the place at the Harvest Fest! There is no place like Sharon Springs!

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Andre Jones

Sharon Springs is a magical place, an oasis. It is a refuge from the hot sun and infinite views. Like a secret room in a large house, it has a cozy and mysterious approach. It is rare and it's beauty is resistant, as many have tried to build as high as it's peaks, but failed. It can only be complemented…and you have done that.

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Linda

Thanks to you two, I made a point of stopping in Sharon Springs last summer on my way back to Baltimore from a month of teaching cooking classes in VT. I was so pleasantly surprised at its quaintness and charm, but saddened to see the ruins of what must have once been such a grand hotel and spa with the temples and baths. I had spent the night just outside of Cooperstown, but drove over and enjoyed a lovely, leisurely brunch on the terrace with Garth recommending my meal and chatting me up, and then wandered down to the Mercantile to see Brent and buy soaps and cheese. I also wondered through the other little shops and purchased items. It could not have been a more perfect stopping point on a long trip. I made a point of taking the back roads home from there as much as possible, stopping at farmstands and loading up my empty fridge at home on the way. What a wonderful region of the country.

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suzanne spina

I have never been to Sharon Springs but I am coming up for Harvest Weekend. I have been a big fan of mineral spas ever since I spent time in Calistoga, California about 15 years ago. I can't wait to see your village.

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teri tighe

I've dreamed of restoring each and every building in the main village. the old boarding homes and little spots for people to stay. there is a neat little row of cabins across from the New York House that I would love to see restored as well as a lot of the old homes along the aves.

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