In 1907, Russian Jewish immigrants began buying dairy farms in the Ellsworth hills above Sharon. This is the story of thirty families, some whose descendants still work farms around Sharon. Due to the poor soil of the farmland, the immigrants looked for ways to supplement income, and around 1920 entered the burgeoning hotel business catering to New York Jews looking to get away from the city for vacation. Nearby Amenia, near the train station, was the perfect spot. The town was a lively Jewish resort for several decades.