The Old McNabb Chimney

The Old McNabb Chimney



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



Smith’s Falls and District Baptist Church

Chimneys and Black Boxes —Leigh Instruments

Can You Still Smell the Fireplace?

The Deserted Fireplace at Watson’s Corners

The Fireplace Ghost on Highway 7

The Wizard from Lanark Highlands

Before and After on Lake Ave West — H. D. Gilmour

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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