The American Civil War began in 1861, and it was in full swing in 1863 when a new hardware store opened in the small town of New Providence, Iowa. That tidbit of history might have been forgotten among all the turmoil and heartbreak of its day except for the fact that the New Providence Hardware Store didn’t close, crumble, and become forgotten in all the years since (although it did burn once).

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Add this store to your bucket list, and enjoy exploring a portion of the charming community of New Providence, whose population, which hovers a little above 200, is still less than it was in 1900! Some things don’t change very quickly!

For more information and to see more photos, check out the New Providence Hardware Store Facebook page.

What do you think about this Iowa general store? Do you know of any more of the oldest general stores in Iowa? We’d love to read about your experience in the comments section below!

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