Where in the Heck is Kilmanagh?

The Road to Kilmanagh

Bach General Store

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.

Bach Michigan
Bach General Store

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

KilmanaghKilmanagh 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. 

Kilmanagh Gasp Pump
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. 



4 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 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.

    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?

  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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