Sharon

History
Sharon, originally known as Hope, was settled in the early 1800's by United Empire Loyalists, many of them Quakers, enticed here by the 200 acre land grants. David Willson with his wife, Phoebe, and two sons settled here in 1801. After breaking away from the Quaker Church, he established his own religious sect, The Children of Peace. They had a large congregation and developed a unique settlement with a large meeting house and Temple, schools, hotels, a post office, a general store, a cider mill and a grist mill. Many craftsmen - carpenters, wheelwrights, blacksmiths, tinsmiths, shoemakers, a seamstress and a telegraph operator - lived in the village.  For more historic information visit www.sharontemple.ca 

Future Growth
The existing population of Sharon is approximately 3,000 people.  It is anticipated that the community of Sharon will ultimately grow to a population of 12,000 people.  Growth in the community of Sharon will respect and build on its unique heritage traditions and generally maintain a lower density character.   The Village Core Area includes the Sharon Temple and a number of other heritage buildings and structures. This area is the focal point of the community.  It will provide for redevelopment opportunities while preserving the existing heritage character. An important aspect of the Sharon Community is the Sharon Temple and the Civic Centre which will continue to develop into a vibrant and active Town square.