Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The Burnt Over District

Greetings from upstate New York, where I'm spending the week. It's the birthplace of Spiritualism and Mormonism. It was also called the Burnt Over District.

"This part of western New York became famous after the Erie Canal for its history of revivalism, radicalism, communitarian experiments. It was fertile ground for new ideas to take root and spread to other parts of the country. It became a "psychic highway" for New Englanders who left the East and headed West in search of new ways of life."

Oh yeah, and check out Lilydale. I drove through there once. Filled with spirits, it is.


Blogger X. Dell said...

That part of New York state also spawned the Children of God/Family of Love cult.

11:19 AM  

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