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Located just west of Norwich and north of Hartford, Sharon was created on August 17, 1761, by one of the original New Hampshire grants; a royal charter of King George III issued to Governor Benning Wentworth. The town was first settled about 1765 by many residents that moved from Sharon, CT. In 1780 during the Revolution, the village was attacked in the famous Royalton Raid, when a combined force of British soldiers and Indians burned houses and killed livestock. Sharon is the birthplace of Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter-Day Saint movement, and as such is an important historical site for members of that religion. With a population of just about 1500, the town is also home to The Sharon Academy, an independent middle and high school.


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