More than a year ago I was sitting IN Barnes and Nobel looking through numerous books when I found a book on a place called Lily Dale. I was totally
surprised to see that it was the largest community of spiritualists in the world. So Last summer I decided it might be worth a trip, just for a laugh
ofcourse. Well I have never been to a more spiritual place. Everybody that lives in the enclosed village has to be a spiritualist and must pass a test
to prove their psychic ability. I loved it and am planning to go back there in mid-August. Has anybody else been there? Any experiences you want to
Why haven’t you heard of: Lily Dale, N.Y.
Maybe it's because you're not psychic! But if you have an interest in the history of spiritualism, this is one place you shouldn't miss
Soul-searchers flock to Lily Dale for spiritualism and healing
By Lucy Izon
Updated: 6:15 p.m. ET May 04, 2004
May issue, Budget Travel magazine - At a strange little village an hour south of Buffalo, talking to the dead is a way of life. Founded by the Laona
Free Thinkers Association in 1879, when spiritualism was an obsession of America’s elite, Lily Dale attracted legends such as Susan B. Anthony,
Mae West, and Harry Houdini. Today, “the Dale,” pop. 500, unlocks its picket fences each summer to admit soul-searchers. (This year: June
25 to September 5; visitors pay $7 for every 24 hours they visit; 716/595-8721, www.lilydaleassembly.com.)
The Mediums: More than 30 residents of this tree-shaded town are clairvoyants who purport to help people connect with departed family, friends, and
spirit guides. On their gingerbread-trimmed homes, look for signs soliciting private sessions ($50 to $75 for 30 to 60 minutes).
Lily Dale Museum: In this packed treasure trove, study somber-faced spirit paintings, touch tin trumpets that are said to have materialized during
séances, and read a message attributed to the spirit of Abraham Lincoln.
Free Psychic Service: Take the gravel path at the edge of the village into the Leolyn Woods, past the tilted, moss-covered gravestones of the pet
cemetery, and into the towering old-growth forest where “message services” have been held since 1898.
At 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day, mediums “serve spirit” to believers sitting expectantly on benches. Also try the free 4 p.m. service at
the tiny Forest Temple nearby. The pamphlet at the Healing Temple on East Street admonishes, “Spiritual healing is not a substitute for medical
treatment.” But daily at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., men and women in white stroke the invisible energy fields of ailing visitors.
Maplewood Hotel: The 19th-century inn is the heart of the village; its two-story wraparound porch overlooks Lake Casadaga. Check out the parlor
decorated with a huge tapestry supposedly embroidered by a woman who didn’t eat for nine years. Double rooms from $69, 716/595-2505.
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