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For Cassadaga Spiritualists, the physical space of their community is defined by the Camp, the fifty-seven acres of land collectively owned. While outsiders - even psychics - might live in town of Cassadaga, they are not necessarily regarded as part of the Camp community.
Church members, and even mediums who live in surrounding cities and towns, are part of the Cassadaga Camp. The Camp is also defined by its material culture and folklore. It is historic, lush with foliage, and rich with stories about spirit guides, physical and emotional healings, and proof that life continues beyond the earth-plane.
For Cassadaga Spiritualists, the physical space of their community is defined by the Camp, the fifty-seven acres of land collectively owned. While outsiders - even psychics - might live in town of Cassadaga, they are not necessarily regarded as part of the Camp community.

Church members, and even mediums who live in surrounding cities and towns, are part of the Cassadaga Camp. The Camp is also defined by its material culture and folklore. It is historic, lush with foliage, and rich with stories about spirit guides, physical and emotional healings, and proof that life continues beyond the earth-plane.
But community, for the Southern Cassadaga Camp Meeting Association, is defined in other, perhaps more powerful ways. When community member Jane Hires recently became ill with cancer, the Camp came together to give blood, raise funds for medical expenses which insurance wouldn't pay, and diligently work to help their neighbor heal.
This kind of activity represents the Cassadaga community in action. When a friend is healing with the efforts of the entire Camp, it is believed that the community is also healing. Members of the Camp often give freely of their time and resources. It is this kind of effort and energy, most residents feel, that builds and defines the best of what Cassadaga has to offer.

Kristen G. Congdon
University of Central Florida