Lily Dale (Spiritualist Assembly)
One of the oldest camp organizations of American Spiritualism.
It was established in 1880 as the Cassadaga Free Lake Association
situated in beautiful countryside in the Chautauqua
hills, scarcely two hours drive from the city of Buffalo. In 1906
the site was renamed Lily Dale. It comprised 80 acres with hundreds
of cottages, gathering places, and a hotel for the many
summer guests, as well as a post office and a library. For many
years it became a focal point for world famous lecturers and
mediums, including its share of fradulent mediums, demonstrating
every variety of phenomena.
The old Hydesville house, which was the center of the Fox
family knockings that resulted in the founding of American
Spiritualism, was removed to Lily Dale in 1916 but burned to
the ground in 1955. It was recreated in 1968 as a tourist attraction
on the Hydesville site. Lily Dale still conducts a program
through the summer. It may be contacted at 5 Melrose Park,
Lily Dale, NY 14752.
Sources
Whiting, Lilian. ‘‘The Spiritualistic Camp-Meetings in the
United States.’’ Annals of Psychical Science (January 1907).