Birth of Nasva village

The fishing village of Nasva arose on the banks of the river of the same name in the first quarter of the 19th century. The first inhabitants came from the town of Kuressaare and the parishes of Kärla, Jaani, Pöide, Anseküla and Püha.

The birth of the village was conduced by the river, rich in fish, and the Sõrve postal road that was built over the "nasv" (a sandbank arisen from the sea) in the last decade of the 18th century.

The settlement that arose on both sides of the bridge had the features of a village and also of a town - the latter ones came from Kuressaare which was situated seven versts from Nasva. At that time Kuressaare was the fifth town in Estonia in number of inhabitants.

Along the Nasva River ran the border between two manors and also the border between the church parishes of Anseküla and Kaarma. The limits set by outside powers could not essentially hamper the formation of the village commune: the people of the village, free from the trammels of serfdom were united by their common urge towards a more modern way of life.

It was stimulated by a national awakening and the development of a market economy, the struggle between old and new that set the foundation for a quick growth of the Nasva village at the end of the last century. Kalle Kesküla
"Yearbook of Saaremaa Museum"
1995 - 1996