Thursday, February 19, 2009

Church in the Wildwood


“Come, come, come to the church in the wildwood,
Come to the church in the vale.
No church is so fond to my childhood,
As the Little Brown Church in the Vale”

A little brown 150-year-old church in Nashua, Iowa was immortalized by this famous hymn and in the early 1900s became the theme song of the hit group, the Weatherwax Brothers. This wooden prairie church, brown from the mixing of different colored paints and the song written describing a site never before seen by the writer as the place where he would and did find his love, is now where hundreds of marriages take place every year, including mine on this date 31 years ago.

I can still hear the bell on that clear, below zero day announcing the beginning of our wonderful adventure. Happy Anniversary dear.

My daughter, Kim, at the Litlle Brown Church on a visit to Iowa

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