No trace of town in Brown

Lisa Oakes writes,

”I was looking at an old map of Brown Township. There was a town north of Warrington on this map called Nashville. We currently live on Nashville Road in Warrington. Nashville Road was called Pendleton Pike on this map. I was wondering if you have any information about this or any pictures. I was actually doing a search on the old horse track/race track that used to be in Warrington when I came across the old map and found a Nashville just north of Warrington.”

The town of Nashville, two miles northwest of Warrington, on the Knightstown Pendleton State Road where the road crosses Sugar Creek, was laid out by John Kennedy and Daniel Blakely of Warrington on Dec. 30, 1834. It was named after their ancestors’ English hometown.

The original survey consisted of 32 lots. In the early history of the town, Elisha Thornburg kept a general store. In 1857, William T. Davis was granted a license to run a tavern at Nashville. The stores and the tavern disappeared before 1900.

In fact, the only remaining business at the site was a blacksmith operation established by Morgan Whisler in 1882. There is now no remaining sign of the town of Nashville. The church was built after the passing of the town. I doubt if there were any pictures of Nashville.

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Enough. I have told you everything that I know and some things I don’t. Talk to me.

You can write to Joe Skvarenina at or in care of the Daily Reporter at 22 W. New Road, Greenfield, Indiana, 46140.

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Rorye Hatcher is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at ​317-477-3211 or