Sharon, TN

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Settlers had lived in the area of Sharon as early as 1824, but it was not until the coming of the railroad in 1873 that families and businesses centralized to this new trade center. Fonville and Owensville were names highly considered for the town, yet the citizens found the name Sharon to best fit the new town. It is believed that the name Sharon was chosen by the conductor of the first train after the wild flowers that grew abundantly in the region, they were called The Rose of Sharon . Sharon was incorporated as a town in 1901 and like most of the towns and cities in Weakley County it relied upon the railroad economically. Today, Sharon has a population of 1,047 (1990) and is the largest township in Weakley County – Courtesy of  UT Martin Special Collections


Sharon circa 1900
Sharon, TN – circa 1910
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Downtown Sharon – Main Street Looking East – circa 1900


Sharon, TN (1905)  Fannie Cupp, was the operator for the local telephone exchange switchboard in Sharon. She is seen wearing her headset and sitting in front of the switchboard in 1905 – For the purpose of preserving Tennessee History this photograph is housed at the Tennessee State Library and Archives,  Nashville, TN.

Sharon Weakley Co SHARON TENNESSEE Women; Telephone operators; Switchboards
Sharon, TN  – Fannie Cupp – 1905

Confederate Civil War Veterans of Sharon seen assembled in Sharon in 1909

Sharon, TN -1909


Sharon, Weakley County. around 1907
Bank of Sharon – circa 1910
Sharon Railroad Depot – circa 1960
Sharon Tn Bank of Sharon as seen in 1920 001 (2)
Bank of Sharon – circa 1940


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