Our early settlers were a religious people. Many of them had braved the ocean and sailed to a strange, unknown land in the hopes of enjoying the freedom to worship that they had never known before.
- "History of the Twon of Olive", by Vera Sickler
The First Old Baptist Church was built in 1857. The first Minister was Elder Jacob Winchell, Jr.
Church groups would come to West Shokan to have picnics at Crispell Grove.