Small-town America is an interesting place. Between here and wherever you're heading, there is undoubtedly an abundance of small towns with unique histories. While there are plenty of towns we could spotlight here, today we're going to take a look at the bizarre history of a small town by the name of Cassadaga in Florida.
Cassadaga is built upon the ideas and practices of spiritualism. The founder of the town, medium George P. Colby, from Pike, New York, established the town in 1875. According to local historians, Colby was called to the area that would become Cassadaga by one of his spirit guides, a Native American named Seneca.
After he arrived, Colby purchased the land (which he claimed to have seen in a vision during a seance years earlier). In 1894, Colby established the Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association and deeded 35 acres to the association.
Today, Cassadaga is a magnet for those all over the world who are interested in spiritualism. The town has been dubbed the "Psychic Capital of the World."
The town attracts a flood of curious tourists every year. Those wishing to learn about Cassadaga's unique brand of spiritualism are invited to do so through classes held in the various locations throughout the small town.
The tenets of spirituality that are taught and practiced by the people of Cassadaga state that, "Spiritualism has no dogma or creed, just a simple set of nine principles to help guide our lives"
(via All Day)
Now that is what I call a unique story. You can learn more about Cassadaga and plan your trip by visiting the town's website here.