Litchfield County: Happening in the Hills



Trade Secrets

THE garden lovers event of the year, dealers tender rare plants and antique garden accessories while special talks and tours raise funds for Women’s Support Services. Usually held in May.


Tri-Arts Sharon Playhouse

As a “teaching theatre”, this playhouse trains novice actors, as well as showcases experienced actors and emerging writers. If you love musical theatre, you’ll enjoy their productions of Broadway musicals.


Audubon Sharon

As part of Audubon Connecticut, Sharon Audubon Center’s mission is to protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. They serve our community as an engaging nature education center, Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic, and the hub for Audubon’s Forests conservation work in Connecticut.

The Audubon offers a variety of volunteer jobs, including feeding animals, helping with educational programs and maintaining trails. In addition, interesting internships are available.

Sharon Land Trust

The mission of the Sharon Land Trust is to act as stewards of the lands through preservation and conservation for the benefit of nature and the community.  The Trust holds conservation easements on more than 1800 acres and owns more than 1400 acres. This land will remain open and unspoiled in perpetuity, for the use and enjoyment of everyone now and forever.

The Land Trust is always in need of volunteers! They can match a volunteer project to fit the volunteers interest.

P.O. Box 1027, Sharon, CT 06069 


The Chore Service

Since 1992, Chore Service has been committed to building a healthy community in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. They are a leading resource for non-medical services for seniors and disabled residents for stay-at-home services.

To help, you can provide donations or volunteer.

The Sharon House Projects, Inc.

Produce from this garden in West Cornwall goes to the food pantry at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Amenia Union, which feeds more than 120 people each week. The garden is always looking for donations and, in season, for volunteers to help with planting, weeding and harvesting. Contact Mary Gates.

Women’s Support Services

Women’s Support Services create social change to end interpersonal, relationship violence by challenging attitudes and beliefs about power, control, and gender norms and by advocating for victims and survivors. This organization provides services to people suffering emotional, sexual or physical abuse.

They use volunteers regularly, either for special events or in its office.


Ellsworth Hill Orchard
& Berry Farm

Pick your own apples, blueberries, cherries,
peaches, pears, plums, pumpkins,
raspberries, and strawberries.

461 Cornwall Bridge Road
(Route 4)



41 Gay Street: Private Training Studio

Helen Killmer has been offering one-on-one and group fitness classes in her Sharon studio for years.  Within the walls of this beautifully serene barn studio, she offers endurance spin, S.W.A.T., yoga workshops and kettle bell training, just to name a few of the classes available.

41 Gay Street


Paley’s Farm Market

This family run farm has been around for more than 30 years and has developed from a simple road side farm stand selling locally grown produce to a full scale, extensive garden center, farm market and fine food market. They grow their own corn, tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes, squash; and they also sell locally produced berries, milk and dairy products, cheese, home-baked breads, pies, jellies, and honey.

230 Amenia Road

Sharon Farm Market

They sell seafood (sushi rolls are plentiful and fresh), bakery (baguettes are the best around), meat, pizza, deli, organic produce, cut fruit, and flowers.

10 Gay Street


Gay-Hoyt House

The Gay-Hoyt House, built in 1775, is considered a typical example of a Yankee village home of the better kind, built of brick rather than wood, with its central hall, end chimneys, conventional fenestration and room plan. The use of brick in Connecticut was never very common. The front and south walls are laid in Flemish bond, and the north and rear are so-called American. So strong was the Yankee tradition that instead of running the end walls above the gable end, as in Dutch houses, the overhanging sloping gable was preferred. The fine points are the interesting treatment of the window heads, the simple light over the front door with a slight arching of the brickwork above. The stringcourse was added to break the monotony of the wall surface and to mark the stories. The front porch is an addition, built a few years later than the house.
18 Main Street


The Sharon Country Inn

While you are at The Sharon Country Inn, you can enjoy many New England attractions and traditions unique to Connecticut and the nearby Berkshires of Massachusetts. The famous Hudson Valley of New York is also right next door.

Participate in an array of seasonal activities, from racecar driving and race watching, to annual ski jump competition, summer stock theater, and much more! Comfortable and attractive rooms with modern amenities are waiting for you.

1 Calkinstown Road


Sharon Audubon Nature Center

This spectacular nature center has over 11 miles of hiking trails. It’s a wildlife sanctuary and there are nature programs throughout the year.

325 Cornwall Bridge Rd, Sharon


Sharon Historical Society

Building bridges between the past, present and future through programs, collections and exhibitions is the mission of the Sharon Historical Society.
18 Main Street

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