Before Amazon, before the internet — even before Sears was founded in 1893 — the Kennedy store was selling groceries and hardware, farm implements and clothing at the corner of Route 18 and Crane Street.

The Kennedy family didn’t start the store, but they’ve owned it since 1881 — the same year President James Garfield was shot and killed.

It was that year, 16 years after the end of the Civil War, that Ernestus Kennedy traded his house and farm for the two-story building that had been built in 1876.

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