Thursday, March 12, 2015
The Dead and Beautiful Rest (Cont.): Platypus Travels Part LXI
I suppose a Baptist church didn't stand much chance in a town like Shelton. The first Sheltons were staunch members of the Church of England and Patriarch of the Family, Lieutenant Daniel Shelton, was a loyalist during the War of Independence. Of course, being New England, many of the town's inhabitants (it was called Ripton back then) disagreed with the Sheltons on both counts and threw their lot in with Congregationalism and the Republic. Over time, Catholic immigration added Saint Joseph's to the list of churches. The small Baptist community made a valiant effort to insert themselves into the charged ecclesiastical atmosphere and held out for less than a hundred years. The building is beautiful, however, and a brief look at the cemetery discloses that there was some real power and money behind it.