Kirby explores a variety of industries found in Sharon, Connecticut from its 1739 settlement into the early twentieth century. Kirby’s book “Industrial Sharon” provides an interesting analysis of the role and interplay of iron, wood, cotton, wool and water. Originally unencumbered by political borders Kirby thus takes us to nearby Lime Rock, Amesville, Wassaic, Cornwall, Canaan, Kent and other locations to explore these town’s association with the iron and charcoal industries. Additionally he discusses stories of well-known industrialists who lived in Sharon but performed their activities in other parts of the nation.
A native of Sharon, Connecticut, Ed Kirby is a retired educator whose interest in local and western history, geology and industrial archeology spans many years.
In northwestern Connecticut Ed has managed activities for the preservation of historical archival structures including Lime Rock Blast Furnace #2, the Beckley Blast Furnace, the Sharon Valley Lime Kiln and the Sharon Town Clock. He has published numerous articles on geology, western history, baseball and local history. He has written several books including western biographies and local histories.
Kirby is a consultant in education, geology, industrial archaeology and local history. He currently serves as Trustee Emeritus of the Upper Housatonic Valley Heritage Area, Inc., President of Friends of Beckley Furnace; member of the Sharon Historical Society Board of Trustees and several other organizations.
Meets in the Wardell Room