There is a copy machine on premises. Copies
must be made by the museum staff and at the discretion
of the museum staff. B/W copies are $.15 each; color
copies are $1.00 each.
Items allowed in the library:
- Laptop computers
- Research materials in open folders or binders
- Pagers and cell phones
- Sweaters and jackets normally worn indoors
Items NOT allowed in the library:
- Large backpacks, purses, briefcases
- Umbrellas and outerwear
- Pens, markers
- Chewing gum, food, or other materials potentially
hazardous to the collection
- Personal copiers
NOTE: Digital cameras and scanners by
permission only. No marks should be added to or erased
from any library materials. Patrons should observe the
existing order and arrangement of all materials. Items
that appear to be misfiled should be reported to museum
A "Culture Café" is housed in the 1775
Gay-Hoyt House, featuring history and art exhibits.
Bring your own wireless laptop or use our public access
computer. A new feature of the museum is a Discovery
Room geared towards community members ages 1-12 featuring
hands-on activities. Public rooms are furnished with
comfy leather chairs and couches that create a pleasant
environment to relax and learn. Visitors may bring snacks
or lunch to eat in our facility, and the coffee pot
is on from 10-noon.
The Sharon Historical Society is a 501(C3)
community museum and history center (established in
1911) that serves as a resource for dynamic programs
and compelling exhibitions inspired by an extensive
collection of objects that date back to the region's
early settlers. Located at 18 Main Street in Sharon,
CT, its primary mission is to connect people to the
town of Sharon, its history and its culture. We do this
by employing a wide range of techniques, some specific
to museums and others designed to challenge the (mis)conception
of a museum's role in the community. We believe that
the museum will best serve our community by presenting
a variety of cultural pathways to inspire residents
to become proud citizens with strong roots.
18 Main Street (Route 41)
Sharon, CT 06069-0511
From Hartford, CT
Take US-44/Albany Avenue West through West Hartford,
Simsbury and Canton to US-202 South, towards Torrington
(10.3 miles). In Torrington, turn right onto East Elm
Street/CT-4. Continue on 4 out of Torrington through
Goshen, and into Cornwall (10.9 miles). Following Route
4, turn left onto Cemetery Hill Road (CT-4) (11.9 miles).
Stay on CT-4 crossing over the Cornwall Bridge (12.3
miles). At the intersection with the Sharon Clock Tower,
turn right onto Main Street / CT-41. The SHS is the
second driveway on the right.
From Millbrook, NY
Take US-44 East 9.5 miles. Stay straight to go onto
NY-343/E Main Street. Continue to follow NY-343 5.0
miles, crossing in to Connecticut. At the Sharon Clock
Tower turn left onto Main Street/CT-41. The museum is
the second driveway on the right.
From Lee, MA
Take US-20 / Housatonic Street to MA-102 West / Pleasant
Street. Follow MA-102 4.6 miles. Turn left onto South
Street/ US-7 South, 6.6 miles. Turn left onto Main Street/US-7/MA-23/MA-41,
1 mile. Turn right onto Maple Ave/MA-23/MA-41. Continue
to follow MA-23/MA-41 3.9 miles. Turn left onto Under
Mountain Road/MA-41. Continue to follow MA-41 14.5 miles,
crossing into Connecticut. Turn left onto Sharon Road/CT-41.
Continue to follow CT-41 7.0 miles. The SHS will be
a driveway on your left at the bottom end of the Sharon
From New Milford, CT
Take East Street/US-202 7.7 miles. Turn slight left
onto E. Shore Road/CT-45. Continue to follow CT-45 North
10.3 miles. Turn right onto Kent Road/US-7 for 1 mile.
Keep left at the fork to go on US-7. Turn slight left
onto Cornwall Bridge Road/CT-4, go 7.7 miles. Turn right
onto Main Street/CT-41. The SHS is the second driveway
on the right.
Admission is free to the museum.