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The Fox Sisters and the Spiritualism Movement

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« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2009, 01:09:50 am »

The heritage of the Fox sisters lives on in Spiritual Circles still. Lily Dale, New York, sixty miles below Buffalo and not too far north of Jamestown, New York, and Lake Chautauqua, remains the center of organized spiritualism in the United States as it has been ever since its founding in 1878. It boasts allegiance from Canadian spiritualist groups as well. There is even a Florida community to which the spiritualists migrate in winter. As Rome has its tomb of St. Peter, and London has the Stone of Scone to verify their claims to their respective traditions, Lily Dale had the Fox's family home which was moved here from Hydesville. New York, a town which obviously lacked the respect due to the farmhouse. There the house still stands, albeit it did burn to the ground in 1955. There is an inspirational garden next to it, with the appropriate plaque to identify the sacred unit.

The village of Lily Dale, which is at heart a camp ground rather than a village, boasts two hotels, tourist homes with bed and breakfast, a cafeteria, a shop, several spiritualist churches, as well as summer and year-round cottages for resident mediums whose shingles hang from their houses announcing their availability. There is a trailer camp for peregrinating spiritualists and these can also house mediums in temporary residence. Visiting mediums by town decree, however, may not operate from their hotel rooms. Many of the cottages at Lily Dale rent rooms to visitors, and one can always choose between those which have a plaque in the window and those which do not. Those with a plaque indicate that "This is a house protected by angels." It is obviously a better protection than anything guaranteed by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company or the local constabulary. Such plaques are also available in the camp-ground's shop should one have trouble with one's local home insurance coverage.
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