The streets and shops of Sharon Springs were alive this weekend with Victorian-Clad town’s people and visitors. If it wasn’t for the cars and the paved roads, you’d swear you were walking through a beautiful town in another era.
Sharon Springs in Schoharie County, New York, was alive and doing quite well in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. During its heyday, there were upwards of 150 hotels and boarding houses (according to local lore), and it was a world-famous mecca for the rich, who were looking for a get-away, and reaping the benefits of the healing springs.
Sharon Springs began to deteriorate as a vacation destination for a combination of reasons, one being that the town declined the offer to open a race track for horses (again, according to local lore). Saratoga Springs became the home for racing, and interest shifted in that direction.
We started our Victorian day at the American Hotel with $5.00 Bloody Marys.
Then, we visited several local businesses. One of particular interest was called “Decades”. We were lucky enough to visit during their Grand Opening. Lots of excitement in the air. The shop was opened today by Roger and Chris Hazard, and is located right on Main Street.
Their business focus is custom-made furniture, and will soon add their lines of accessories and art work. Their theme of “Timeless American Interiors” has an intriguing ring, and their cozy showroom validates this idea.
Oh, did I mention that Roger was the Designer/Home Stager of the Reality TV series, “Sell This House”?
You can check them out for yourself at: http://www.lovedecades.com/
204 Main Bar & Bistro was where we stopped for lunch. I had the best ham, cheese and philo dough lunch ever! The picture, I think, says it all.
Along the way, we had the pleasure of meeting this great big Great Dane. She was a Victorian Princess with painted nails…just for the occasion.
The Beekman Boys, Josh and Brent, were busily involved in the day’s festivities, and graciously chatting with all of the town’s people and visitors.
The New York Bed & Breakfast was also immersed in the festivities of the day. Their cozy and enchanting Inn was booked with Victorian visitors. Victorian horse-drawn carriage rides were being offered by Hessian Hill in front of their place, and John the horse, we were told, loves his job more than anything else in the world.
The town is slowly making a come-back, but there are many reminders of a booming past, and a seemingly abandoned and run down present. These old buildings have stories to tell, and some will hopefully regain their presence in this modern-day Sharon Springs.
As the sun went down and darkness enveloped Main Street, the town became illuminated with holiday lights and street lamps. We left Sharon Springs feeling like we not only attended a Victorian Festival, but were actually part of a long-ago time. Sharon Springs is nothing short of a special and interesting village.