History

Jesse and Lucina Smith moved here from New York State in 1854 and gave their life’s work to the church.

Mr. Smith was born in Maidstone, England, and was 18 years old when he came to America. He was a carpenter by trade and helped to build several churches in New York. The Smiths and other faithful members were untiring workers.

The original trustees paid $52.50 for the one and one-half acres upon which this chapel stands. A year later, another half-acre was purchased for the cemetery. On May 23, 1890, the chapel cornerstone was laid. At the dedication in 1893, the first pulpit Bible was donated. There was a hitching post at the rear of the churchyard,

and horses were watered at the spring at the foot of the hill.


This church was the center of life at a time when travel was slow - by horse and wagon. A church in what now Great Falls village was a long distance. Smith Chapel was built to be the community gathering and worshiping spot in this northwest neighborhood. It remains that today, open to residents from much further away than when it first opened its doors.

We’re Happy You’re Here!
We consider it a privilege to have you worship with us today. It's a place where we proclaim and celebrate LIFE that is promised and given by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We hope you feel at home here and adopt us as your church family.



*Historical sources: 

The History of Smith's Chapel United Methodist Church by Threasa G. Parrish 

A Brief History of Smith Chapel by Pat Cunningham