The Road to Kilmanagh
So the situation is this…your hurling along Colwood Road north of Caro toward the coast of Saginaw Bay and you start seeing signs to slow down. First, it’s 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 a post a few shots that end up on Instagram with the hopes of selling a Canvas shot online for $9.99. I stop and snap a few myself.
A Roadside Museum
It’s 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
see relics from times gone by, someones extensive beer can collection is neatly stacked on circa 1930’s mercantile shelves. I see a wooden school seat stacked neatly near the door. I move on.
A Four Corner Country VIllage of the Past
Kilmanagh is a place stuck in lore and time. In the Spring of 1891, then 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 of the village remains the aging general store, a 1940’s service station, and a closed liquor store. It is 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. Snapshots and hopefully write a few words on your find. The general’s store is what takes your attention first. There is beauty in the decay.
Artist Delight and Hopeful Restoration
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.
In 2017 the owners of the Kilmanagh General Store began restoration work. Visit our Save the Store page for more information on how you can help save this relic of the past.