Sharon, West Virginia

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Sharon, West Virginia
Unincorporated community
Sharon, West Virginia is located in West Virginia
Sharon, West Virginia
Location of Sharon in West Virginia
Coordinates: 38°09′34″N 81°26′49″W / 38.15944°N 81.44694°W / 38.15944; -81.44694Coordinates: 38°09′34″N 81°26′49″W / 38.15944°N 81.44694°W / 38.15944; -81.44694
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Kanawha
Elevation[1] 673 ft (205 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 304 & 681
GNIS feature ID 1546622[1]
Other names Penn Hollow[1]

Sharon is an unincorporated community and coal town in southeastern Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States, located along the West Virginia Turnpike.


Sharon is located at 38°09′34″N 81°26′49″W / 38.159549°N 81.447059°W / 38.159549; -81.447059 (38.159549, -81.447059).[1] Its elevation is 673 feet (205 m).


Sharon is located on Secondary State Route 79, locally known as Cabin Creek Road. Exit 79 of Interstate 77 is located here; no services are available at the exit.

Until the 1980s, a rail spur ran from the CSX railroad tracks up a short hollow, serving a coal mine tipple. The remnants of the tracks and rail bed can still be seen at present day along Paint Branch, however, no sign remains of the at-grade crossing of Cabin Creek Road or the trestle that crossed Cabin Creek.

As a result of the badly needed upgrade of the West Virginia Turnpike to Interstate standards, multiple homes occupying the adjacent land were bought by the state and demolished. Remains and markers from an abandoned 19th century era cemetery were also relocated.

Sharon had a United States Post Office until the early 1990s, the ZIP code was 25182.