Lilydale, New York: Town of SpiritualistsGet your palm read, or your fortune told, or just hang out with the crystal ball crowd.
- Dale Dr., Lilydale, NY
- I-90 exit 59 to Hwy 60 south, or I-86 exit 12 or Hwy 60 north. Once in Cassadaga, turn west on Dale Drive to get to Lily Dale.
- Entry Admission to town in summer.
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In-season is Summer, but there is a quaint little shop and some mediums that are open year round in the community. Very soothing to the soul.[Lucy, 10/11/2013]
Cute, cute little streets and houses decorated the way you would think they would be; bring your camera. Went with ten ladies to see the mediums, and have to say, they got quite a bit right. My medium actually got too many things correct or on the cusp on correctness. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Go see Lucille Ball's grave since you are pretty close to that as well.[Luba, 05/20/2013]
Lily Dale is a cute little town located on a lake in New York state. It's like a summer camp for people interested in mediums and spiritualism (Spiritual is an actual religion -- one of the beliefs is that spirit never dies; it just changes forms).
During the summer, there is a per-person fee. This allows you to enter the town and go to any of the daily events, like the services at Inspiration Stump, Forest Temple, the Healing Temple, and the spiritual services at the auditorium. Those who wish can book readings with specific mediums in their cottages ahead of time, or try to sign up as a walk-in on the day of their visits. There are also special workshops and classes, many with well-known mediums such as Lisa Williams and Michelle Whitedove.
During my visit, I went to services at Inspiration Stump, Forest Temple, and in the auditorium. I also had a private reading that cost about $60. My reading was phenomenal. If you have an open mind, you can have a great day in Lily Dale.[Amy, 02/18/2012]
Cute little town. Costs $10 per person to go in during the summer (or so it seems). Definitely the place to go if you want your fortune told. There's a medium every few feet. Lovely flowers and houses![Katy, 07/24/2011]
Lilydale is the largest spiritualist community in the world. Spirtualism is a religion in which people believe they can communicate with spririts. Lilydale is full of "mediums", although some call themselves "psychics". You can receive a reading almost any time of the week.
If the medium is on the Lilydale Assembly (there's a board in the town listing its members) and you are dissatisfied with the service, you can apply to the Assembly for your money back. The members on this Assembly apparently have to "prove" they have special skills. In the summer, you can take part in workshops and visit the library full of all types of metaphysical books. Although in the summer there is a charge to get into the town. There is an eerie atmosphere to the community -- day and night. It is world-famous. Even the band Ten Thousand Maniacs, who are from the area, wrote a song about it called "Lilydale".
The last time I visited was around 1993, but trust me, it is still there. It is located about 60 miles south of Buffalo off of Route 60. It is south of the Dunkirk/Fredonia area and north of Jamestown.[Dean Amadio, 03/08/1999]
We've visited the southern spiritualist counterpart in Cassadaga, Florida