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Milam County
, Central Texas South

FM 487
13 miles SW of Cameron the county seat
14 Miles NW of Rockdale
Population: 75 (2000)

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A horse in Sharp
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, June 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

Established in the 1870s, the community of Sharp was named after William Franklin Sharp, a local physician. The nucleus of the town was a Presbyterian church and in 1900 the town was granted a post office (which closed six years later).

The community’s name was also used when Lilac, Duncan, and Oakville schools formed a district in 1931. These three schools were joined by Friendship, Val Verde and Tracy in the late 40s and early 50s, but all were combined in 1960 to the Rockdale system.

From only 25 residents in 1933, Sharp grew to 100 by the early 1940s. Postwar, it declined back to 60 in the early 1950s.

It has since risen to 75 – the number given for the 2000 census.

Sharp Tx School
Sharp School
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, June 2010

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Historical Marker: FM 487, 14 miles W of Rockdale


A farming and ranching community, Sharp traces its origins to the years immediately after the Civil War when settlers, attracted by the fertile black soil, began arriving in this area. The first business, a store, opened in 1892. It was soon joined by a blacksmith shop and the Davis General Store in 1896. Cotton was the principal crop of the area, and a gin opened in 1896. When a post office was established here in 1901, the name Sharp was chosen to honor Dr. William F. Sharp, a physician in Davilla (8 mi. W). An annual reunion of Sharp residents began in 1978.

Sharp Tx - Historical Marker
Sharp Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, June 2010

Sharp Tx - United Presbyterian Church
United Presbyterian Church
13054 N FM 487
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, June 2010
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Historical Marker: FM 487 approx. 14 miles W of Rockdale

Sharp Presbyterian Church

This church traces its history to 1872, when the Mt. Herman Cumberland Presbyterian Church was founded. It was divided into the Davilla and Leachville congregations in 1893. The Leachville church was renamed Sharp in 1902, the same year this structure was built. The vernacular church building, exhibiting influences of the Italianate style of architecture, features a truncated tower, window hoods, and horizontal milled siding.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1988

TX - Sharp General Store
Sharp General Store
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1995

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, June 2010

TX - Sharp General Store Historical Marker
Sharp General Store Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, June 2010
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Historical Marker: 6 miiles NE on FM 486, 2 miles W on FM 487
Sharp General Store
Civil War veteran Daniel G. Davis, Sr. (1836-1927) built this structure in two stages in 1895 and 1896. The Sharp General Store, which Davis and his descendants operated here until 1985, was the area's largest mercantile facility and main outlet for local produce. It offered banking services, public scales, and a place for local citizens to socialize and enjoy water from a barrel on the porch. It is a fine example of late 19th century free-standing commercial architecture.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1995

Sharp TX - Sharp Cemetery
Sharp Cemetery
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Historical Marker: 14 miles NW of Rockdale on FM 487
Sharp Cemetery
The earliest marked grave in this graveyard is that of Susan F. Dilworth, who died in January 1880. John Gordon and his wife M. L. Gordon deeded two acres of land on this site to the trustees of Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church in 1882, stating that the western half of the land should be used for burial purposes. When the church was moved and demolished in later years, gravestones were broken and leaning, but the cemetery continued to serve the Sharp community.

There were about 56 marked graves at the turn of the 20th century, many of them belonging to children and infants. A cemetery organization formed in 1949 to oversee the site's care and maintenance. Additional land that once had belonged to the church was deeded to and became part of the cemetery. At the dawn of the 21st century, the graveyard contained almost 400 graves.

Sharp Tx School cornerstone
Sharp School cornerstone
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection, March 2016
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Sharp TX - Continental Gin Machinery Building
Continental Gin Machinery Building
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection, March 2016

Sharp TX - Continental Gin Machinery sign
Continental Gin Machinery sign
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection, March 2016

Sharp TX - Garage
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, June 2010

Sharp TX - Tractor
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Sharp TX - Sharp Road Sign
Sharp Road Sign
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Sharp TX - Milam County post office info
Sharp TX - Milam County 1903 Postmark
Postcard canceled with Sharp, TX 1903 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

Milam county TX 1907 postal map
Milam County 1907 postal map Sharp
SW of Cameron, NW of Rockdale
From Texas state map #2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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