Rochester, New York: Monument to the Founders of Spiritualism

Two sisters claimed to communicate with dead people through knocks and raps heard through the walls of their home. A towering obelisk honors their achievements.
Address:
Troup St., Rochester, NY
Directions:
Obelisk is on Troup Street, east of Plymouth intersection, south of I-490.
Admission:
Free.
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Spiritualist Movement founders obelisk. Crazy Sisters - Spiritualist Movement Founders

The birth of American Spiritualism is forever linked to Rochester, when sisters Margaret and Catherine Fox claimed the ability to communicate with departed spirits through a code of knocks and raps heard through the walls of their home.

While living on Troup Street in our city in 1849, they performed a public hearing at the Corinthian Hall, where several area men were unable to detect the means of their trickery, which in turn led to word of their abilities spreading throughout the world.

The sisters are commemorated by an obelisk that stands on Troup Street, near the point where Plymouth Avenue crosses Highway 490.

[Wes, 09/28/2009]

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