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Rockport

Cairn with historical marker commemorating the landing of 13 Baptists from Swansea, Mass. in April 1763
Slack's Cove, Lower Rockport Road, Lower Rockport, N.B.

Both Middle Sackville Baptist Church and Sackville Main Street Baptist Church trace their origins to the first Baptist congregation in Canada established by these settlers in Middle Sackville.

plaque

1763

     THIRTEEN BAPTISTS FROM SWANSEA,
     MASS. LANDED AT SLACK'S COVE
     APRIL 21 1763. MIDDLE SACKVILLE
     AND MAIN ST. BAPTIST CHURCH
     SACKVILLE N.B. WERE THE FIRST
     BAPTIST WITNESS IN CANADA.
     FOUNDED ON THE ROCK CHRIST
     JESUS. DEDICATED JUNE 1973.

     PASTOR & Mrs NATHAN MASON
             MR. & MRS THOMAS LEWIS
             MR. & MRS OLIVER MASON
             MR. & MRS BENJAMIN MASON
             MR. & MRS CHARLES SEAMANS
             MR. & MRS GILBERT SEAMANS
                     EXPERIENCE BAKER

Marker placed by Merle and Roy Snowdon, in 1973

Photographs courtesy of Dr. Winston Dykeman
On the history of the Baptist churches in Sackville, see Milner, W.C., History of Sackville New Brunswick (Sackville, N.B.: The Tribune Press, 1934), pp. 54-56 (available online at History of Sackville New Brunswick);

MacFadden, Beryl, with Donna Beal and Kim Mitton, Passing It On: Meeting the Challenge 1763-1988 (Sackville, N.B.: Main Street Baptist Church, 1988.


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