Lily Dale is a Spiritualist community located 60 miles south of Buffalo, NY on Cassadaga Lake. The town is renowned for its resident mediums and proclaims to be the “World’s largest center for the science, philosophy, and religion of Spiritualism.”
The idea for a Spiritualist community at Cassadaga Lake existed for years prior to Lily Dale’s founding. From 1844 through 1878, several local groups held annual one-day retreats featuring workshops and demonstrations conducted by professional clairvoyants.
The meetings grew in popularity and it was soon decided to establish a year-round Spiritualist community. On August 23rd, 1879 the Cassadaga Lake Free Association purchased a plot of land from a local farmer for $1845.12 and gave it the name “Lily Dale.”
The town is now home to over 275 permanent residents and 30 certified mediums. Each year 22,000 people visit the community for workshops, lectures, and demonstrations that proclaim to “deepen faith and heighten awareness.”
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