Newark-Arcadia

1813-1893

The Fox sisters were three sisters from Hydesville, New York (now Arcadia) who played an important role in the creation of Spiritualism: Leah (April 8, 1813 – November 1, 1890), Margaretta "Maggie" (October 7, 1833 – March 8, 1893) and Catherine "Kate" Fox (March 27, 1837 – July 2, 1892). The two younger sisters (Kate and Maggie) used "rappings" to convince their older sister and others that they were communicating with spirits. On 14 November 1849, the Fox sisters demonstrated their spiritualist rapping at the Corinthian Hall in Rochester. This was the first demonstration of spiritualism held before a paying public and inaugurated a long history of public events featured by spiritualist mediums and leaders in the United States and in other countries. Kate and Margaretta became well-known mediums, giving séances for hundreds of people for many years.

The Fox Sisters

The Fox Sisters