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Welcome to Kilmarnock: Steptoe’s District

Rediscover the forgotten art of strolling, browsing and people watching in Kilmarnock’s historic district.

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

The intersection of Route 3 and 200 has long been a prime location for business and trade, even before there was a Kilmarnock. In the 1700s, William Steptoe operated both a store and ordinary at what was then called “The Crossroads,” developing the area’s reputation as a place to find supplies, food and drink, as well as a room to stay overnight. As a sign of its importance, the community would be referred to as Steptoe’s Ordinary before being called Kilmarnock around 1775.

Despite two centuries and three devastating fires, the historical Steptoe’s District of Kilmarnock has remained not only a vibrant commercial hub but a vital part of the social fabric of the town. The names on some of the storefronts may have changed over the years, but the walkable streets and pedestrian-paced charm are what keep….

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