Sylvan Grove is the second largest city in Lincoln County. Settlement began in 1867 and the town was platted in 1887. Many of the buildings were constructed of limestone and are still in existence and use today.
Sylvan Grove is located along Kansas Highway 181, which serves as the town’s Main Street. On the western edge of Lincoln County, Sylvan Grove is only 12 miles from Wilson Lake, boasting some of the top boating, swimming, fishing and camping in Kansas.
Sylvan Grove is home to the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, where the county fair is held each summer. Livestock exhibits, a demolition derby, food and live entertainment are just a few of the attractions at the fair.
On the first Sunday of June, Sylvan Grove hosts their Community Day, which features old fashioned fun like turtle races, pickle eating contests, live entertainment, and free hot dogs and watermelon. Families and neighbors come together for a day of relaxing and visiting.
Sylvan Grove’s depot was recently listed on the Kansas register of Historical Places. It is owned by the local Historical Society, who recently received a grant to place the building on a permanent foundation. That project has been completed, and work continues to restore the depot located on South Main Street.
Sylvan Grove offers a beautiful city park, a library, a museum, the Home Town Café and Convenience Store, popular Fly Boy Brewery and Eats, a bank, gas station, and many other privately owned businesses. Sylvan Grove is a full service community in a small town atmosphere.