Best Places to Live: Why I Love My Town

Why I Love My Town: Sharon
By: Chuck and Charlotte Hogan
It’s no secret that most people move to Sharon for the ice cream. Sure, having one of the best school systems in the state is a nice bonus, but to live just down the road from Crescent Ridge Dairy and its 44 flavors of what National Geographic named one of the 10 best ice creams in the world? Take that, Wellesley!

In fact, with its mix of the past (a family-owned dairy farm; home-delivered milk in glass bottles) and the present (hormone-free products; online ordering), Crescent Ridge serves as an apt symbol for Sharon itself. The town maintains deep roots in the previous century, with more than 5,000 acres of protected open space — including a wildlife sanctuary and most of a state park — and a few stubbornly unpaved roads. Sharon is also home to people of diverse religious backgrounds (it has thriving Jewish and Islamic communities), and, via either the commuter rail station — made famous in the film The Friends of Eddie Coyle — or I-95, Boston is only 30 minutes away.

Sharon was originally developed as a summer resort, and this vacation feel returns to town each July, as Memorial Beach fills with swimmers and boaters splashing around vast Lake Massapoag. Sharon has both a first-run movie theater and a used bookstore, two things we believe no self-respecting town should be without. A good old-fashioned delicatessen, such as Charlie’s Deli on South Main, doesn’t hurt either. Chuck Hogan is author of the novel The Town.