Peaceful. Tranquil. The words used to describe America’s prominent spiritualist communities are a lot like what you’d use to describe a day spa. And like a spa, these communities are a sort of haven — for followers and, today, curious travelers. They’re centered on the belief that a spirit continues to exist after a person’s death, and that they’d like to keep in contact with the living.

“Not a whole lot of them exist anymore,” paranormal investigator and travel writer Greg Newkirk says of spiritualist communities. “These are communities that are basically made up entirely of psychics, mediums and spiritualists. You can go and you can stay in one of their hotels, or some of them have bed-and-breakfasts.”

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