Before East Durham was annexed as part of Durham proper, it truly existed as it's own little mill town, and residents had little reason to venture out to other neighborhoods. The neighborhood was alive with activity. Prior to Holton being built, that field was a ballpark where the Durham Bulls first played. People would take the trolley from all over town to watch not only Bulls games, but also games played between mill and factory workers from around town. The factories even got involved in residents' religious lives. Both Carr UMC and Angier Avenue Baptist started out of Durham Cotton Manufacturing, as did the area schools. As the neighborhood grew, wooden schools were replaced by new brick schools, although they still remained separate and definitely not equal. Additional churches were built as more people moved to the neighborhood. In the present, neighborhood churches and schools remain to be community meeting place for residents.