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Spirit of America's past lines streets of Cassadaga

Spirit of America's past lines streets of Cassadaga

At Halloween or any time, ghosts seem to be big business. Walking tours follow Florida's spirits from Pensacola to Key West, and volumes of spooky legends abound. In one, Jack Powell's "Haunting Sunshine," I read that Arthur, the spirit of an Irish tenor, is said to frequent the Cassadaga Hotel, leaving behind aromatic traces of gin and cigars. I saw no sign of Arthur during my last stay at the hotel, but I do find the benign spirit of the past especially alive in the tiny Volusia community of Cassadaga — a destination for Orlando-area folks for decades. The entity that oversees much of Cassadaga — the Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Meeting...

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