Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lily Dale

The Lily Dale Assembly is the world's largest center for the religion of Spiritualism. A few years ago I went and explored this community. You can see those pictures in my section of the Traveling Rats website. I returned to Lily Dale this past week.The Marion Skidmore Library contains the largest collection of rare Spiritualist and metaphysical books in the world. This building was built in 1923, however, Lily Dale has had a library since 1886. At first the library was a tent! In 1888 construction began for Library Hall, a library and lecture room. This building still exists and is now called Assembly Hall.
Lakeside Assembly Hall is currently the home of the Church of the Living Spirit and hosts many workshops during the summer season.
The Lily Dale Auditorium is the center of activities during the summer season, and has been since 1883. While I was here I met two special guests. Can you guess who?


  1. any recommendations for lodging… or readings

  2. Sorry, I don't have any recommendations. Lily Dale is a day trip for me, so I've never stayed. There are places to stay right on the grounds, but there are also more accommodations in nearby Dunkirk, Fredonia, and Chautauqua. Also not too far is Buffalo, NY and Erie, PA. I've never had a reading at Lily Dale, but all mediums there have certification.