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The town of Sharpsburg was founded in 1844 by John J. Sharpe. It was incorporated in 1883 with a population of 425. History says that Atlantic Coast Line Trains stopped in Sharpsburg because of a well that was located near the railroad tracks at what is now the Main St. crossing. Mr. Sharpe is credited with digging this well in 1870.
Sharpsburg’s first school of record was a one-room building, which was located on the Wilson county side of town. The land and materials were donated by Mr. Sharpe, founder of the Town. A.J. Batchelor and D.L. Lancaster also furnished material for the school which was built in 1875. The teacher was, according to record, a traveling preacher who taught class during the week and preached on Sunday. His name was Rev. Joseph Edgar Hocutt.
The school moved several times until the construction of the building shown here was completed in 1928. It had an enrollment of 145 students. This building still stands in Sharpsburg and until recently was an Antique Store.

For more information visit:
Town of Sharpsburg
Phone: (252) 446-9441
110 W Railroad St, Sharpsburg NC

– “The Town of Sharpsburg will be strategic and progressive while maintaining its affordability and rich history. We believe in empowering our citizens by involving them in the Town’s growth and future.”

Mission – “The Town of Sharpsburg is a safe progressive community that promotes transparency, diversity, and focuses on the needs of  its Tri-County citizenship.”