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Located in the southwest corner of Oakland County, near the intersection of I-96 & US 23 South Lyon is a quaint city of about 17,408 that is experiencing explosive growth.

Less than an hour from the state capital in Lansing, 19 miles north of Ann Arbor and about 45 miles west of Detroit South Lyon combines the best of small town living with the convenience of nearby interstates, large nearby metro areas and an international airport.

This 3.73-square-mile community was originally founded in 1832. During that time, it was known as Thompson’s Corners. The surrounding township was named Lyon, after Lucious Lyon, who was a member of the state legislature. In time, what was once known as “Thompson’s Corners” became known as South Lyon because of its relation to Lyon. Officially incorporated as a village in 1873 it became an incorporated city in 1930.

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With roots that go back to it’s first one-room, log schoolhouse in 1883 school-aged children living in South Lyon are served by the South Lyon Community Schools system, which covers about 88-square-miles. The district currently consists of two high schools, two middle schools, seven elementary schools and an Early Childhood Center. All schools in the district are accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges and the district recently rated 1st in the Tri-County area in a Standard & Poors cost performance index. The district consistently ranks above both State and County averages on the annual MEAP assessments.

Within this school district are several high performing schools, particularly:

    Kent Lake Elementary School
    Sayre Elementary School
    Salem Elementary School
    Dolsen Elementary School
    Bartlett Elementary School
    Brummer Elementary School
    Hardy Elementary School
    Centennial Middle School
    Millennium Middle School
    South Lyon High School
    South Lyon East High School

In addition to being conveniently close to all of the shopping and dining that Detroit and Ann Arbor have to offer, South Lyon has its own attractions right within its borders.

For instance, South Lyon’s McHattie Park is home to the Witch’s Hat Depot Museum and Historic Museum.

This site consists of six buildings:

    Washburn School (c. 1907)
    Queen Anne Depot (c 1909)
    The Caboose (c. 1926)
    The Little Village Chapel (c 1930)
    The Freight House (c 1984)
    The Gazebo (c. 1990)


It’s a great lesson in history for the entire family!

Plus, the McHattie Park and museum host a number of public events throughout the year, including Depot Days as well as Concerts in the Park.

In addition to the great parks and historic locations South Lyon is known for their events and festivals including:

    Lake Street Cruise In
    Labor Day Bridge Walk
    Concerts In The Park
    Movies Under The Stars
    Ladies Night Out
    Depot Day
    Blues Brews & Brats
    Downtown Trick-or-Treat
    Cool Yule
    Pumpkinfest


Speaking Pumpkinfest, considered one of the largest annual festivals in the area, takes place during the first weekend in October and features children’s activities, rides, games, concessions, live entertainment, a dog show a Great Pumpkin & Fun Veggies contest, and so much more!

It’s a must-see event for anyone living in and around the South Lyon area!

South Lyon Farmers Market: Open on Saturdays from May 2nd-October 24th the South Lyon Farmers Market is a great opportunity to get fresh, locally grown food that not only supports your family’s health but also helps support the local farmers and the community.
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