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Old Bradford Pioneer Village

"Preserving History Today For Tomorrow"

About Us

We’re Old Bradford Pioneer Village, and we’ve been a historical place museum here in Nashua, IA, since 1948. We are celebrating 70 years! We specialize in Civil War reenactment and historical preservation, and we offer 14 historical and original buildings, historical artifacts, farmers market, and much more. We started this business because of we wanted to preserve the rich history of Bradford and Chickasaw County. We’re looking forward to partnering with Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and the surrounding areas to continue to offer a premier historical experience. We’d like to personally invite you to stop by for a tour, today! We're available Sundays and Mondays, by appointment only.

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Chickasaw County, IA | Mason City, IA | Des Moines, IA | Waterloo, IA | Cedar Rapids, IA | Cedar Falls, IA | Ames, IA | Rochester, MN

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On 6/9/2024 John Buck had this to say:
What a nice museum. A real jem. Alot of history. Great and helpful staff. Highly recommend. Loved our day there ❤

On 3/10/2024 Erik Lundborg had this to say:
Great spot to receive troubling news.

On 1/2/2024 Rick Kezar had this to say:
Great place to visit. Self tour. Spend as much time as you want. Great Grampa Kezar was sheriff there back when. His pic,along with others is hanging in the "cooler" building. Testimonial written by Rick Kezar on this site.

On 12/22/2023 Aaron Schultz had this to say:
I absolutely loved visiting this place. I family visited here in the fall of 2023. My ancestors were one of the founding families of Bradford, living there for 100 years. I was able to see the Kraft School where my ancestors and their siblings attended, and also saw many other buildings from Old Town Bradford. Thank you to the staff and people who make this museum possible.

On 6/9/2023 INTIMIDAT3R had this to say:
Absolutely LOVED this place! We spent a long time here on a self-guided tour going through all the buildings and looking at all pieces of history here. There's all sorts of history here and little gems like a Bradford Hotel Guest Book with the last 2 entries being none other the leaders of the outlaw James/Younger Gang... Frank & Jessie James. I'm sure we missed a lot cuz there's so many things to see. We lucked out with the weather today. It was nice and cool when we walked through around 11:00 AM. Only a couple of the buildings have A/C so go early if it's going to be hot or you'll regret it. Be carefull of the Laundry Building, there were a few hornets buzzing around. Where you see 2 hornets, the rest of their evil brethren aren't too far away. Overall, a very enjoyable tour! Great for the younger generation, those who are young at heart, or anywhere in between. It's beside the Little Brown Church so you can't miss it.

Contact Us

Old Bradford Pioneer Village
2729 Cheyenne Ave Nashua, IA 50658
Phone: (641) 435-2567

Located next to the Little Brown Church

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Our Hours

Holiday Hours May Vary. Please Call For Details.

Monday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Available By Appointment
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed - Available By Appointment


On 3/6/2024 this was posted:
Save the date! We are having TWO events towards the end of June. Our Battle at Old Bradford Reenactment will be taking place on Saturday June 29th from 7am - 3pm, and again on Sunday June 30th from 7am - 3pm.

Learn about the life and time of the mid 1800's. How did people live? How were the battles fought? What did the soldiers eat? What did the family not fighting do?
You can learn all these things and more when you visit the Old Bradford Village Museum during our annual Civil War event.
Breakfast and lunch will be served on both Saturday and Sunday
Expires 6/30/2024


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