Lily Dale Assembly: Fairy Trail Gallery

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Walking through the woods at Lily Dale Assembly, you may feel a prickling on the back of your neck indicating you’re not alone. You may think it’s a communication from beyond the pale, given that Lily Dale is the world’s largest spiritualist community. Yet, if you find yourself along the forest path behind the Healing Temple, be aware the fairies and angels abound. You can read more about the Fairy Trail here.

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Lily Dale Assembly: Pet Cemetery Gallery

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Lily Dale Pet Cemetery German ShepardLily Dale Assembly is a Spiritualist community in Western New York and home to America’s oldest known pet cemetery. It’s filled with unique markers that signify the bond between humans and their animal companions. You can read more about this remarkable cemetery here.

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Lily Dale Assembly: Leolyn Woods and Being One with Nature

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Lily Dale mushroom whiteLily Dale Assembly cultivates a connection to the spirit world within a beautiful natural setting. Leolyn Woods is an old-growth forest located on the grounds of Lily Dale Assembly in Western New York. Leolyn Woods includes nature trails, a meeting area for spiritual retreat, and a pet cemetery. The grounds are on the shores of Cassadaga Lake, providing a scenic backdrop for the Lily Dale community. Continue reading

Lily Dale Assembly: Architecture and Community-Building

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Lily Dale Architecture library

The Lily Dale library was built in 1924

The second half of the 19th century was a time when progressive ideas and religious movements took hold in the United States. In the 1870s, a group of Spiritualists and Liberals began to meet in Laona, NY to discuss their beliefs and to practice healing and mediumship. They began to meet at the nearby Alden farm, eventually expanding their day-long conferences into lengthier summer gatherings. In 1879 the Spiritualist Society of Laona purchased 20 acres along Cassadaga Lake to found what would later become known as the Lily Dale Assembly. As time went on, this Spiritualist camp became a strong community.
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Lily Dale Assembly: 19th Century Reform and Revival in Western New York

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Lily Dale old stump crop

Inspirational Stump at Lily Dale, NY

Lily Dale Assembly is a Spiritualist community founded at the end of the 19th century in Chautauqua County in Western New York. Residents and visitors to this small community aspire to make connections with those who’ve passed to the afterlife. It’s attracted progressives, reformists, and freethinkers for well over a century. This spiritualist town rose out of the religious reform and revivalism that flourished in New York State in the 19th century. Continue reading

Lily Dale Assembly: Walking the Fairy Trail

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lily-dale-fairy-trail-2-blue-winged-angelChautauqua County, in Western New York, is home to old growth forests, beautiful lakes, and enchanted footpaths. Lily Dale Assembly has all of this and more. The long-standing community of Lily Dale is dedicated to the understanding the science, philosophy, and religion of Spiritualism. Just past the Fox Cottage Mediation Garden, on the eastern edge of Lily Dale Assembly, is a woodland path known the Fairy Trail. Here you can enjoy a peak into the unseen world while walking through a beautiful woodland. Continue reading

Lily Dale Assembly: Spiritualist Practices in the 19th and 20th Centuries

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Hypnotic Séance 1887 by Richard Bergh

Hypnotic Seance, 1887, by Richard Bergh

Lily Dale Assembly is dedicated to understanding the science, philosophy, and religion of Spiritualism. Spiritualists believe that individual personal identity continues after death, that those in the spirit world can communicate with the living through a medium, and that healing and prophecy are expressions of God. Throughout Spiritualism’s history, the methods by which mediums would communicate with the spirit world have changed. Spiritualist practices of the past that focused on the physical manifestation of spirit  have given way to a modern emphasis on mental mediumship. Continue reading