Nashua, a pretty little town, has a beautiful lake to swim, boat or fish in, great parks for camping and picnicing, festivals, and the Big Four Fair.

“This is a prosperous and important town near the southwest corner of the county. It is situated in a bend of the Cedar River, directly opposite the confluence of the Little Cedar, and at the foot or south end of the heaviest body of timber in Chickasaw County. The town plat lies in the river valley on dry ground sufficiently high to be above the reach of floods with a gentle inclination eastward. It is a beautiful location, which is thoroughly protected from high winds in every direction by high ground covered with timber. The Cedar River affords very valuable and excellent water power on the north side, just above the railroad bridge, which is occupied by one of the largest and best flouring mills in northern Iowa.” Source: A.T. Andreas Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Iowa. 1875 Quotation and maps courtesy of

The early history of Nashua began with the establishment of the first business on the west bank of the Cedar River and the building of a log cabin by John Hall in 1854 and by 1856, the town was laid out.

The first newspaper was published May 22, 1867 and reported that at that time Nashua had good water power from a dam across the river, excellent stands of timber, a brick yard, and a woolen factory was being organized.

The historic Little Brown Church in the Vale, made famous by a song of the same name, is located two miles outside of town and was dedicated December 29, 1864. William Pitt, a music teacher and composer of the famous song, was inspired earlier by the wooded spot where the church was later built. The song was unbeknownst to the builders of the church, who painted the church brown because the Ohio Mineral Paint, a great wood protector, was the cheapest paint available.

Near the Little Brown Church is the Bradford Pioneer Museum, in the old town of Bradford. When the railroad was built through Nashua and New Hampton, Bradford lost its bustling population. “In tribute to those early pioneers, the Bradford Pioneer Museum shows a glimpse of what it was like to live in the area at the time with period buildings and exhibits. Every year in May, they sponsor a Civil War re-enactment called the “Battle of Bradford.” It is an enjoyable stroll through the village and many of the buildings are open during the summer for touring” From the Nashua website.

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