The town of Lily Dale was established in 1879 as a retreat for mediums, spiritualists, and other free thinkers. To view my full list of ghost stories and haunted locations in New York, Click Here. And if you liked this list, be sure to check out my new book, The Folklore & Haunted Locations Guide: New York, available on Amazon!!
#1 - Inspiration Stump
Coordinates: 42.348974°, -79.322874°
Location Address: Leolyn Woods, South Street, Lily Dale, New York, 14752
Located in the Leolyn Woods of Lily Dale, New York, the monument known as Inspiration Stump is used by psychic mediums to assist with contacting the spirits of the dead. Many visitors report witnessing apparitions and feeling an unexplained energy or presence, and many also believe the stump to be a type of spiritual vortex or portal. The town of Lily Dale holds spiritualist ceremonies at Inspiration Stump twice a day during the summer months, where people are encouraged to reach out to spirits for guidance.
#2 - Lily Dale Assembly Hall
Coordinates: 42.352677°, -79.324886°
Location Address: 11 Cleveland Ave, Lily Dale, New York, 14752
Constructed during the 1880's as a meeting place for psychic mediums and spiritualists, Lily Dale Assembly Hall in Lily Dale, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a bearded man, whose apparition is seen wearing glasses and Victorian era clothing. Guests at the hall also report feeling cold spots, and sensing the presence of an unseen entity. The Lily Dale Assembly Hall is currently used by the residents of Lily Dale for various workshops, lectures, and demonstrations.
#3 - The Maplewood Hotel
Coordinates: 42.352396°, -79.325271°
Location Address: 11 Cottage Row, Lily Dale, New York, 14752
The Maplewood Hotel was constructed in the late 1800's, and is said to be haunted by a large number of unidentified spirits who remain for unknown reasons. Guests at The Maplewood Hotel in Lily Dale, New York report witnessing shadow figures and apparitions, as well as hearing the sounds of disembodied footsteps at night. Others report being woken in the middle of the night by a shadowy entity, or feeling a strange presence, as if someone else is in the otherwise empty room.
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