@ Camp Chesterfield, 50 Lincoln Drive, Chesterfield
Spiritualism central in Indiana was Camp Chesterfield, an enclave on the banks of the White River near Anderson that grew from a summer tent camp to a 40-acre settlement over the years, with periods of growth and activity being most pronounced following World Wars I and II, when the bereaved were naturally attracted by the possibility that they might talk to their loved ones killed in battle. Camp Chesterfield remains home to the Indiana Association of Spiritualists, but Historic Landmarks is more interested in its former glories. The day-long Camp Chesterfield Experience will feature lectures on the history and evolution of the spiritualist movement given by resident mediums, as well as tours of the grounds, which include a river rock grotto, a “Trail of Religion” and a meadow full of concrete chairs and mini-pedestal tables known as “toadstools” where readings were once conducted. J.P. Hall of Indiana Landmarks will talk concerning preservation issues, including needs at the Cathedral of the Woods and a vacant 1914 hotel.