The Spirit House

The Spirit House, or Brown’s Free Hall, in Georgetown, New York by Hermetic Library fellow Joscelyn Godwin [also], published by the Upstate Institute, is a short pamphlet about a particular building that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Joscelyn sent this copy to the library with a note, “This may be the only copy West of the Rockies!”

Joscelyn Godwin's The Spirit House from the Upstate Institute


“The Upstate Institute has published The Spirit House, or Brown’s Free Hall, in Georgetown, New York by Joscelyn Godwin. The Spirit House is the Upstate Institute’s first publications, and tells the story of the house built by spiritualist Timothy G. Brown in the mid 1860s in Georgetown, following a design that Brown believed was given to him from the spirit world. The building is noted for its unusual architecture, and is still standing.” [via]


Spirit House, Georgetown NY
Spirit House, Georgetown NY from Joscelyn Godwin’s photo set

“Built between 1864 and 1868 in Georgetown, Madison County, New York, by Timothy Brown (1807-1885) , also known as “Brown’s Free Hall.” Brown claimed that the design for the house had been given him from the spirit world through his sister Mary. For years it served as a center for Spiritualists and for social events of all kinds.” [via]


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