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Their renown as spiritual mediums was further widened when they were brought to New York as part of a stage act of entertainer PT Barnum.When their house was moved to Lily Dale in the early 1920s, Lily Dale was cemented as a center for the Spiritualist community and a destination for those looking to benefit from the Spiritualist movement.Lily Dale has a deep feminist history, including being a stronghold in the suffragette and temperance movements of the last century.Women play a central and important role in the Spiritualist movement, with its strong history of women providing a link between the living and those that have passed, dating back to the movement’s founders, the Fox sisters.
The Craft is a way of life that investigates every potential you have.
Past speakers at Lily Dale have included Susan B Anthony in 1891 and Elizabeth Lowe Watson, both pioneers in the suffrage movement.
Despite the close connection to the original feminist movement, men are just as welcome within the Spiritualist Church.
Current Modern Spiritualist groups estimate their membership to be more than 200,000 in the United States –epicenters of the movement can be found in Ohio at Ashtabula, in Massachusetts at Lake Pleasant and in Lily Dale, New York.
The scene one finds at Lily Dale can be described as small and quaint – visitors are charmed by the Victorian hamlet’s picturesque scenes and feelings of tranquility in the landscape.