15 Best Things to Do in Sharon (MA)

On the MBTA’s Providence/Stoughton line, Sharon is a suburban town with all the characteristics of a rural New England community. On the one hand, there are too many outdoor public spaces, with state parks, conservation lands, historic Audubon Mass shrines, and water-filled Lake Massapoag in spring, setting the stage for many community events. In Sharon, you can learn about two remarkable women. One hero of the city was Deborah Sampson, who disguised himself as a man to fight in the Revolutionary War, serving nearly 18 months in the Continental Army before moving to Sharon with a post-conflict pension. Another was Blanche Ames Ames, of Borderland Estate, now a state park, campaigning for women’s suffrage with convincing political cartoons, while developing inventions in several fields.  1. Moose Hill Farm On the north side of the Mass Audubon property, the Reservation Trustees manage 350 acres of historic farmland on the scenic Moose Hill slopes. You can hike six miles of trails, through grasslands, beautiful dry grass, and restored woodland, all filled with evidence of some 300-year-old habitation, including rock walls, foundations, and tunnel holes. Deep into the forest, you can see rare American chestnut trees, a species that was almost extinct due to plague in the early 20th century. Paying homage to the land’s long agricultural history, the trustees run a small farm in Moose Hill, with chickens, pigs, and a small herd of cattle raised for beef. grass.  2. Warner Trail Maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Warner Trail traverses Sharon on a 34-mile route through Norfolk County from Canton to Diamond Hill, RI. While Sharon and the surrounding communities can be considered suburban, the Warner Trail is a great way to experience the vast stretches of the surrounding countryside. This trail connects state parks and conservation lands, traversing undulating terrain with a succession of rocky outcrops and deep oak and hickory forests. If you want to keep things local, you can hike the seven-mile trail in Sharon alone, and you can download detailed trail guides from the town’s website.   3. Sharon Historic District You can visit the old center of Sharon at the intersection of Depot St and Main St, which was declared a historic district in 1975. Sharon’s Unification Church at the crossroads is Greek Revival style, dating from 1842, and on the very site of Sharon’s first church, built circa 1740. Just north is the Morse House (1805), Sharon’s first brick building, and across the street is the First Congregational Church (1839), also in Greek Renaissance style. The Morse House is the southernmost of a large row of historic residences, the oldest of which is the 1753 Georgian Dennett House. The public library, across from the Unification Church, is the Carnegie Library, which dates back to 1914 and has a statue of the town’s heroine Deborah Sampson in the foreground.  4. Deborah Sampson’s Grave (Rock Ridge Cemetery) At Rock Ridge Cemetery you’ll find the burial place of Deborah Sampson (1760-1827). She is remembered for disguising herself as a man and fighting in the Continental Army under the alias Robert Shirtliff. It took 17 months before her gender was discovered by a doctor in 1783, when she was honorably discharged, and finally received a military pension. Earlier, Sampson was shot in the leg by two musket bullets during a skirmish outside Tarrytown, New York. She removed one with a tweezers and needle to avoid detection. The grave of this remarkable historical figure can be found in the southeast corner of the cemetery – the historic tombstone has a flag and nearby there’s a monument telling his story.  5. Crescent Ridge Dairy This giant ice cream stands in Sharon’s has won numerous awards and is regularly on People Magazine and National Geographic’s top 10 lists. The Crescent Ridge Dairy Bar is supported by the Parrish family farm, which dates back to 1932 and still produces milk, delivered to Massachusetts homes and businesses, as well as a variety of other products through local partners. In the late 1960s, the Parrish family decided to start making ice cream from leftover milk, and the milk bar built as the storefront quickly became a magnet for people miles away. Crescent Ridge ice cream is still made with local ingredients in small batches following the original family recipe. Among the 40 flavors, certain must-haves are Black Bear (raspberry ice cream with chocolate chips and raspberry truffles) and Mississippi Mud (coffee ice cream with almonds and chocolate chip sandwich cookies).   6. Sharon Independence Day Celebration Every year, there’s an afternoon of family fun and delicious food at Memorial Park Beach to celebrate July 4th. Usually on the nearest Sunday before the 4th, Sharon’s Independence Day celebrations feature art and live music in the stands, as well as a lovely parade of bicycles and carriages, dolls, carnival games, and train rides on the long railway line. , and a baking contest. The main event and finale is a thrilling fireworks display, launched from a barge over Lake Massapoag. Throughout the afternoon, you can enjoy a variety of food carts, serving New England seafood, banh tet, grilled cheese, Middle Eastern cuisine, fried chicken, and sweets.  7. Gillette Stadium Door-to-door, Sharon’s center is just ten minutes from the 65,878-seat home of the New England Patriots. Gillette Stadium opened in 2002 and is undergoing a $225 million renovation project as we write this article. The Patriots’ feats of the 2000s and 2010s need no introduction, and you can relive Superbowl victories and pay tributes to Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Ty Law, and Richard Seymour in the room High-tech and interactive The Patriots Hall of Fame, on the north side of the stadium. The Gillette Stadium campus is integrated into a large outdoor lifestyle center called Patriot Place, which features the Showcase Cinema de Lux complex and numerous shops and restaurants.   8. Beaver Brook Trail If you’re into nature, you can get off the train at Sharon Station and immediately embark on a peaceful hike through