On the Perth highway, between Smiths Falls and Perth, between two and three miles from Smiths Falls, is the remains of one of the first buildings in Lanark County. It is now regarded by a great number a a link with the part, when it is learned that the old stone chimney now standing alone and which has attracted the attention of many who pass is all that remains of the old McNabb residence once so well known to all settlers In this part of the county.
It was once the chimney of the residence of the late Rev. Duncan McNabb who was the first minister of the Gospel in eastern Ontario. Rev. Duncan McNabb was of the Baptist faith, and his teachings of God have come down to the present day. The McNabb family were widely known throughout the whole county which was then sparsely settled.
Rev. McNabb used to walk to Perth Carleton Place, Smiths Falls, Balderson and other points to preach and teach, to visit the sick, and to perform such philanthropic and helpful service a was required in those days when all the modem inventions of the present age were as yet unknown.
The name of “McNabb” was a household word, and there are those in this present day and generation who regard the “chimney” ‘ where it now stands. The McNabb family lived and died, and performed good deeds for God and humanity.
It was through Rev. McNabb’s influence that the first little Baptist church of Smiths Falls was built. Mr. McNabb was a wonderful woman as well, and to this day her kind ministrations go down to local history also.
There is a bronze plaque affixed to the north side of the chimney(visible from the road). The plaque reads;
“This Fireplace marks the home of Elder & Mrs. Duncan McNab. Here the First Baptist Church of Smiths Falls was organized in 1833. The site was donated by Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Stone”
From the Perth Courier, November 10, 1933
Smith’s Falls and District Baptist Centennial
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