Awtry gives us a character sketch and deep insight into George Colby’s real mission in the southeast, his influence on the developing areas, and his participation with the Spiritualist movement. Further, she develops our understanding of the details of the Spiritualist movement in the expanding context of Central Florida during the 1890s through the 1920s. Awtry’s impeccable research and straightforward interpretations and unbiased admissions bring a new perspective to all the stories and second-hand “knowledge” that have surfaced throughout the years about the history of Cassadaga, Florida, Lake Helen, Florida, and the Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association.
Eventually, as it does, history catches up to the present moment. The final chapters in the book review & reflect the individual stories behind those who make Cassadaga, Florida what it is today – a little village of spiritually dedicated mediums, psychics, metaphysicians & healers surrounding & within the SCSCMA residential community.