Awarded the most caring city in 2020 by Insurify, Sharpsburg is giving us all the feels. But before we get into those, let’s go back in time to 1871, when the city was officially incorporated. Named for Judge Elias Sharp, the town, which was circular with a quarter-mile radius extending to its railroad depot, owed much of its growth to agriculture. And by agriculture, we mean cotton.
From the late 1800s through the early 1900s, the town continued to expand, adding a variety of professional services, a bank and doctors. However, by 1920, the cotton market was failing, and unfortunately, no cotton, no capital, and no capital, no growth.
The city stayed stagnant until 1940, when it began a slow, steady return. The 1934 opening of the theatrical training grounds at Dunaway Gardens in Newnan was one helpful addition to Sharpsburg’s visitor and residential increase. Another amenity driving growth was the opening of the renowned Chattahoochee Bend State Park. Plus, who are we kidding, everyone is curious about what makes Sharpsburg so darn caring.