James was born in Ireland in 1828. In 1848 he immigrated to Ontario where he met Elizabeth. They married in 1850. Elizabeth is said to be the sister of Walt Disney’s Grandfather. James and Elizabeth moved to Manitoba in 1889. James was a wheelwright and Elizabeth wove carpets. Together they had 10 children.
Their son John married Annie and together they had 6 children. In 1902 they built their second home on this land, this stone home. Before the family moved in, Annie painted the kitchen with a high gloss white enamel oil paint. She died a few days later of lead poisoning. This was a devastating loss to the family. For many years their oldest daughther stepped in to help her father raise the younger children with the help of her aunt from Ontario. In 1908 John remarried.
In 1918 John and his second wife retired to the nearby town and John’s son Cliff took over the farm and the old stone home. John helped Cliff on the farm and two years after his retirement, John was killed in a binder accident.
In 1939 Cliff sold the farm and moved to Brandon where he worked as a carpenter and operated the Four Star Theatre at Rivers, Manitoba. Cliff died at 62 years of age.
This beautiful field stone home still stands tall and was occupied up until a few years ago. Rumor has it that the large home is very expensive to heat and decided to move.
Over the years, a couple of families have resided on this property but I cannot confirm from the history books who built this home. I did manage to find this photograph that was taken in 1892.
This is what the home looks like now. I can’t tell you enough how much I hate hydro poles!
With the exception of one wall, this house is strong and stable. I admired it from the outside for quite some time. I can tell you that the inside of the home did not disappoint either.
The details inside the home showed the pride the owners had in this home with fine little detailing on the cupboards and in the bathroom. It was lived in for quite some time.
I can only assume from my research that the family that once owned this land immigrated to Canada in the later 1800’s and remained in the area for some time. Many of their ancestors are buried in the local cemetery. They were very involved in their community and were very successful in their farming endeavors. Some of the family endured tremendous loss, losing two sons at very young ages and a wife who became a widow very young as well. The endured and her sons took over her farm and she lived some time.
I wish I knew more.
I have to thank a fellow abandoned seeker for this one. Had I ventured out a little further while scouting out a nearby school, I may have found this one myself but…after a quick phone call to the landowner we were in. Cade, Colton and Makenna joined us on this day.
What a beautiful old home. It is surely showing its age but considering where it is its done amazingly well. This side of the house, which faces North, is pretty secure, except you can see the wear in the far corner. The rocks are starting to fall and tumble down.
The other side tells a much different story.
Imagine the weight of that stone. And not just one layer of stone but two!
I would have loved to explored the inside of this home but it was very unstable and my dear husband was having NO part of that. We did go inside the one entrance and Reg did try to get up the stairs but it just wasn’t safe.
I did find a shoe.
I can’t give a lot of history on this home. I do know that the oldest recorded residents of the home were Lewis & Mabel Kilmury. They purchased the land and lived there until 1952. During their time there they raised one son and four daughters. Lewis was born in the Boissevain area in 1900 and died in 1966. His wife was born in 1907. In 1952 the land was bought from a family and a couple generations later, still farms the land.
I wish I knew more!
In 1888, John Menarey (1850-1928) moved to Manitoba from Seaforth, Ontario. Arriving with his wife and four daughters, they settled on a farm near Holmfield, Manitoba. He broke land for growing crops and built a log house and barn on a small hill with a prominent view in all directions. A son and four more daughters were born there, and all would eventually attend school in the area. In 1910, this house, constructed by a local mason was built. It featured field stone walls and a metal mansard-shaped roof. Menarey sold the farm in 1920 and went to live with one of his daughters in Winnipeg whee he died on January 20th, 1928.
The former Menarey residence now sits abandoned. It is a designated historic site and is listed on the Manitoba Historical Site.
I can tell you that the current owner of this property is not a fan of trespassers. We were granted permission onto the property and entrance into the home. When we went back about a week or two later, he would not allow us to go inside a second time.
This is also where I found my second purse of the day.
This is also where I found out what a terrified baby raccoon sounds like when its calling for its mother!!! I can tell you that I navigated the steep narrow staircase like a ninja. I didn’t think I could move that fast on a dirty, narrow staircase.
This is a beautiful old home which is structurally sound considering it is standing out in the wide open of the harsh elements of prairie weather. Heat, rain, wind and bitterly cold winters. The metal roof has maple leafs imprinted on each panel. The detail is amazing. Each room was painted in a different color. It had a spacious upstairs and out the windows you could see for miles over the flat prairies.
If you find this home, please do not enter the property without permission. It is surrounded by a “hot” fence.