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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kilkenny General Store (Broomhill, Municipality of Two Borders)

A two-storey building at Broomhill, in the Municipality of Two Borders, was built in 1908 for William Kilkenny and his brother John Kilkenny (1862-1930). In its heyday, the Kilkenny store was the centre of the community. A hand-operated gasoline pump sat at the south end, in front of an entrance to the store and post office, with an implement agency and garage at the north end. Three suites (two large, one small) on the upper storey were used as rented residential space. The business was operated by a succession of Kilkennys until it closed on 30 September 1964 and the building was sold to a former employee, in whose family it is still owned.

The building’s east and south walls are made from patterned concrete blocks, cast on site using sand and gravel obtained nearby. The original flat roof is collapsing and the interior floors have failed in several places but, otherwise, the exterior concrete structure seems largely intact.

The former Kilkenny General Store

The former Kilkenny General Store (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former Kilkenny General Store

The former Kilkenny General Store (September 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

The former Kilkenny General Store

The former Kilkenny General Store (September 2021)
Source: George Penner

Rear of the former Kilkenny General Store

Rear of the former Kilkenny General Store (September 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Interior of the former Kilkenny General Store

Interior of the former Kilkenny General Store (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of the former Kilkenny General Store

Interior of the former Kilkenny General Store (September 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.39301, W101.08800
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: William Kilkenny (1863-1919)

Sources:

Our First Century: Town of Melita and Municipality of Arthur, Melita-Arthur History Committee, 1983, Manitoba Legislative Library F5648.A78, pages 590-591.

Reflections of Time: A History of the RM of Albert by RM of Albert History Book, pages 112-116, 1984. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.A43 Ref]

Post offices and postmasters, Library and Archives Canada.

We thank Lynn Jones, Curtis Gervin, Karen Jenner, Rose Kuzina, and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 December 2021

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