Long Grove, Iowa

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Long Grove is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. The population was 597 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Long Grove is located at 41°41′49″N 90°35′6″W / 41.69694°N 90.585°W / 41.69694; -90.585 (41.696806, -90.584974)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.2 km²), all of it land.

Education

Long Grove is part of the North Scott School District. Elementary-aged students from the city and adjoining nearby areas attend Alan Shepard Elementary. Junior high and high school students attend the North Scott Junior High and North Scott High School located in Eldridge.

Culture

The town's annual celebration represents Long Grove's claim to fame: The Strawberry Festival. Held the second Sunday each June, the day kicks off at 9 a.m. with the Strawberry Stampede - youth fun/competitive fitness footraces followed by a parade at 11:15 a.m.. Area strawberry farmers sell strawberries, there are games for children, a children's Strawberry Pageant, Trivia Contest, Raffle, Strawberry Cooking Contest, petting zoo, pony rides, wagon rides, and a variety of entertainment groups throughout the day. Community organizations provide a wide variety of food choices. Strawberry shortcake, ice cream, kettle corn and other foods are available throughout the day. The Long Grove Strawberry Festival is an excellent example of small town Americana, a taste of days gone by.

Another attraction is the Alexander Brownlie Sod House, on the city's north side. The sod house was built by the Brownlie Brothers dates from Iowa's prairie days of the 1830s. The house, which is open for tours, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Located approximately six miles north and east of Long Grove is the Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village, at the north edge of Scott County Park. The village, a re-creation of an 1860s Scott County cross-roads settlement and stage coach, is made up of 18 historic buildings including an old church, a bank, a train depot and boardwalk of shops. Numerous events are scheduled throughout the year.

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