Where in the heck is Kilmanagh?

So the situation is this…your hurling  along Colwood Road north of Bach, MichiganCaro toward the coast of Saginaw Bay and you start seeing signs to slow down. First its Bach. A nondescript place on a map with no stop sign, no light but you notice a huge Pepsi-Cola General Store painted on one side of a building. This is the first of your ghost road stops. Bach is a place where unknown, but talented, photographers go to hone their craft and result in post a few shots that end up on Instagram with the hopes of selling a Canvas shot  online for $9.99. I stop IMG_0885[1]and snip a few myself.

Its a hopeless case. The sign on the front beckons potential customers to  call a phone number or knock on the door on the main house for a peek inside. I lean on the glass and IMG_0844[1]IMG_0845[1]

see relics from times gone by, someones extensive beer can collection is neatly stacked on circa 1930’s mercantile shelves. I see wooden school seat stacked neatly near the door. I move on.

Kilmanagh is a place stuck in lore and time. In the Spring of 1891 the this western Huron County village hosted a grist mill or two general stores, a  blacksmith shop, and two or three saloons. Today only a couple relics IMG_0859[1]of the village remains, the aging general store, a 1940’s service station, and a closed liquor store. Its an interesting stop on your way to the coast of Saginaw Bay. If you stop treat it respectfully as its literally a museum exposed to the elements.


Walk among its ruins. Snap shots and hopefully write a few words on your find. The generals store is what takes your attention first. There is beauty in the decay. IMG_0872[1]

Its a little gold mine for still life artists. The best example of someone who really invested himself into this is  John Nagridge who  in several seasons painted Kilmanagh Fall, Winter and Spring themes.  You can visit John’s website to view more knife renderings of Kalmanagh’s general store.


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3 thoughts on “Where in the heck is Kilmanagh?”

  1. I just saw this article. Thanks so much for mentioning me and my paintings (which anyone can view at johnnagridge.com). I’ve been in love with this building for almost 2 decades! I pass it on my way to my in-law’s cabin and always stop for a minute or so to admire it.

    I was fortunate enough to be able to do a plain air painting of it on the spot a few years ago. The owner and the neighbors were very friendly when they approached me and told me great stories. I was told the Henry Ford Museum might be interested in that awesome gas pump. I hope they get it before it gets vandalized any more. Why would anyone want to wreck it?

    As for the General Store in Bach, my wife and I did get to peruse inside there a couple years ago when it was open as an antique store. The owner said he wanted to close it and move to California. From the sounds of your article, it sounds like he made it.

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    1. I should get you acquainted with my friends at White Church Gallery in Grindstone City. I think Mike and Carrie would find your work an awesome edition. Local Thumb content is wanting here. Will you find your way back up here this summer?

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  2. Definitely head up a few times every spring/summer. I love painting in the Thumb. And being married to a family of great ice-cream lovers, we always find our way to Grindstone!

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