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Homesteading in Barber County


Sharon was founded in April 1879 as a Christian Colony by Reverend A. H. Mulkey with fifty families that were members of the Christian Church. It was named after the fertile valley mentioned in the Bible. The town site was in the northeast part of the present city, then after the railroad was built in 1885, the town was moved to its present site in 1886-87. There was a grocery store, a restaurant and a livery stable in the old town site. A bank was established in 1893.

Country singer Martina McBride was raised on a farm outside of Sharon.

The ethnicity of its settlers is not known.


Barber County History Committee. "The Chosen Land: A History of Barber County, Kansas."
Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company, 1980.


Hours and Contacts

Monday,April 21 Forsyth will close at 10 pm because of no electricity

Spring Hours:
Sun:             1:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon-Thurs: 7:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday:         7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:            10:00 am - 5:00 pm

For current month(s) and detailed information, please select desired month under announcements (below).

Phone: 785.628.4434
Fax: 785.628.4096
Contacts Directory
Mailing Address:
   Forsyth Library
   600 Park Street
   Hays, KS 67601
Physical Address:

   502 South Campus Drive
   Hays, KS 67601-4099