Lily Dale, NY. Nestled on Cassadaga Lake and surrounded by towering trees, offers an atmosphere of healing and upliftment. The birthplace of organized spiritualist movement in the United States. Oldest existing Spiritualist organization in the United States, is the Lily Dale Assembly on the banks of Cassadaga Lake. The Lily Dale Assembly evolved from the First Spiritualist Society of Laona (New York) formed in 1855 and Cassadaga Lake Free Association formed in 1879. The Association of Spiritualists at Cassadaga Camp developed a constitution in 1892 and adopted that constitution in 1893.
Spiritualists do not all agree with one another about the various aspects of Spiritualism. Some even prefer to avoid the use of the title "Spiritualist". What is commonly held by them all, as fact, is that the spirit survives physical death and moves into another "dimension" where it continues to exist as an individual, with all the characteristics of its human personality. It is commonly held that spirits actively seek communication with the world which they have now left behind. No spiritualist "conjures up" the dead. Mediums only act as channels where a spirit takes the initiative to make contact. Spiritualist communities have very strict guidelines on who may or may not 'channel' or give 'readings' within their grounds. This is to avoid becoming associated with the multitude of fraudulent individuals who portray themselves as true mediums or psychics. While there are many genuine individuals who have the gifts outside of these communities, there are many, many sham artists. Spiritualist communities insure their mediums are genuine through a series of training circles and tests that take years to accomplish before becoming 'certified' by the communities.
Within the grounds of the community are regularly scheduled events such as: message services (tenants of spiritualism followed by open readings/clairvoyant demonstrations from various camp mediums), healing circles, guest speakers and psychic development training circles. A 'must-see' for individuals who are interested in open their perspectives on life after death.
Lily Dale is located in southwestern New York State, one hour south of Buffalo, two hours south of Toronto, three hours north of Pittsburgh and three hours east of Cleveland. From Interstate 90 (New York State Thruway), take exit 59 to NY Route 60 south. Drive 8 miles and turn right onto Dale Drive in the Village of Cassadaga. Proceed one mile to the Lily Dale entrance gate.