Some might say it’s that place where all who live here are psychics.
While the media plays on that image, the truth is far more interesting. You don’t have to be a psychic to find it either.
The t-shirts in the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Bookstore say it’s where Mayberry meets the Twilight Zone—but it’s more like Mayberry than anyone would believe. (The author fell in love with old-fashioned charm of her neighbor, who is much like Aunt Bee.)
It’s easy to understand if you imagine that Mayberry was a small college town—and the Camp is the college. While the Camp is in the town, it is not the same as the town. The Camp has its distinct borders within the town, its own ruling government, and a distinct character.
To the average Cassadaga Camp visitor, the borders of our 52+ acres are seen when you see the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp sign on Cassadaga Road. Everything to the south of Cassadga Road, all the way to Marion Street is part of the Camp. There are two exceptions:
The Cassadaga Hotel. The original hotel burned, and was replaced by the structure you see today. Then during the late 1920s and the Depression, the Camp fell on hard times. The hotel was sold, and since then, it has been owned privately.
Today’s Demand for Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp:
As human beings, we have an innate and curious need to extend ourselves into the other side. Sometimes it is without specific experience, but nonetheless, we know without knowing that there is more to life.
We understand that need: to find ethical, accurate, and loving information and services to understand the unseen. We have all been at that point at some time and were fortunate to find the Camp.
Only months ago, our 122 year-old association purchased the house at 1090 Stevens Street. Now we are expanding it to offer more classes, lectures, and Camp events. While it is undergoing moderate and cosmetic renovations to return it to its historic charm, it is being used for events and meetings.
We were fortunate to be able to do this thanks to the efforts of our Board of Trustees over many years, the certified mediums and healers, teachers, volunteers, residents, members, and employees who have worked hard to make it possible.
Come join us and see and feel the charm of Mayberry, and the uplifting Spirit that comes with time... over a decade of devotion to seeking the light inside. It is here.
By Lilian Casselberry, a member of the Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp