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 Posted: Mon May 4th, 2009 02:47 am

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History of the Devil’s Chair:

THE DEVIL'S CHAIR, CASSADAGA, FL

It sounds simple enough: come sit down in the Chair, kick your feet back and relax.

It's OK if you want to bring a drink for yourself, just make sure you have enough to share with your buddy--he'll be along shortly, just after midnight. Like we said, simple enough, right?No, not simple at all. Not when the chair you're sitting in is the Devil's Chair and the buddy you're waiting for is Satan himself.

Cassadaga, Florida is a strange town. It was founded at the tail end of the nineteenth century by George Colby, a medium from Iowa. The town became a focal point for Spiritualists, who claim to possess various supernatural abilities, including clairvoyance and the ability to speak with the dead. To this day, when one visits the tiny burg, they'll invariably meet many people who subscribe to these Spiritualist beliefs and offer their services for hire. Is it any wonder then, that Cassadaga would be a perfect place to summon the dark prince? In a cemetery just on the border of Cassadaga and Saint Helen is a grave. Next to this grave is a bench, known as the Devil's Chair. There are a few legends associated with this evil armchair. The most popular story regarding the Devil's Chair is that if one sits in it at midnight, the Devil will appear. You can have a conversation with him whilst seated amongst the graves.

One rumor says that if you place an unopened can of beer on the Devil's Chair before midnight, by the next morning the devil will have drank it and left the beverage's container behind as proof. Since the mid-eighties, Cassadaga has taken measures to keep people away from the Devil's Chair, especially around the Halloween season, for a few reasons. Vandalism and underage drinking had gotten out of control in the cemetery because people were flocking from far and wide for their chance to sit down and chat with the evil one. Also, with Cassadaga's Spiritualist traditions already fueling strange rumors about the town and their strange ways, they felt it best to distance themselves from being associated with witchcraft, Satanism, and other dark practices. Recently, though, Cassadaga has had a change of heart. Around Halloween they run a haunted walk around town that takes patrons through the graveyard and past the Chair. Unlike most towns with legends such as these, Cassadaga has embraced their direct communication line to Satan--if you can't keep the kids from sitting in the Devil's Chair, you might as well charge them to do it! Local police deny that the chair has any supernatural powers.

The following is from the Daytona Beach News-Journal: "Lake Helen Police Chief Keith Chester has spent many a night on patrol in the cemetery, sometimes even seated in the Devil's Chair. "I've been here 18 years and I've never seen (a devil),' he said. 'If there ever was one, I'd have been retired by now.'" This makes us wonder--maybe it isn't the Devil who's been downing all those brews. If they've spent so many nights sitting in the Devil's Chair, maybe it's been the Lake Helen police all these years who have been quenching their midnight thirsts.

THEY COULD HEAR VOICES

There is a big stone chair in Cassadaga. If you sit in this chair at midnight the Devil will talk to you. I know someone who went there and they said they could hear voices in their head but when they got up out of the chair the voices went away. If you put a can of beer on the grave next to the chair it will be empty in the morning and the top will still be sealed. Now how is that possible? But I know someone who did it and the next morning the can was empty.
-deathvadar

DARK FIGURES LURKING

Go to the Lake Helen cemetery just down the road two miles from Cassadaga. Up on the hill in the middle of the cemetery you will see a large brick chair with arms. This is the Devil's Chair and if you sit in it he will appear. We went out there at night but no one would sit in it because we saw some dark figures lurking in the shadows. We did not know if it was just some kids or something else.
-thestetsonkid

SOME STRANGE PEOPLE

Some students from Stetson went there on Halloween night but they said they could not get into the cemetery because the road was blocked by some strange people. They said the people were mediums from Cassadaga and were there talking with the dead.

Excerpted from the book "Weird Florida" by Charlie Carlson.

Last edited on Mon May 4th, 2009 02:47 am by paranormalfan4life

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 Posted: Tue May 5th, 2009 12:00 pm

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Not so sure I'd like to sit in it.... sounds like playing with fire (no pun intended) if you ask me,  Not worth the risk, true or not!!!

Our team has just recently visited Cassadaga, and have plans to go back.

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 Posted: Tue May 5th, 2009 12:04 pm

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i know the team went to cassadaga. i was there. i didnt meet u though. thats cool though, that they're going back. but i agree with you. sounds like its playing with fire. same thing with the whole ouiji board.

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 Posted: Tue May 5th, 2009 02:58 pm

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right with you newbury...you wouldn't catch me sitting in that chair.  What i don't get is why the people of the town would go from trying to keep the people out of the chair because they do not want to be seen as "playing" with the dark side and yet they eventually start charging people to sit in the chair?!?!

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 Posted: Tue May 5th, 2009 03:14 pm

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cause its all about money now a days crazy.

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 Posted: Tue May 5th, 2009 03:35 pm

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i think that would be the last thing to worry about granted almost everyone in the town is a medium or sensitive. i think they would be more worried about other things that they can get from that chair than just money.

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 Posted: Tue May 5th, 2009 04:22 pm

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thats true too. :)

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 Posted: Tue May 5th, 2009 05:04 pm

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paranormalfan4life wrote: i know the team went to cassadaga. i was there. i didnt meet u though. thats cool though, that they're going back. but i agree with you. sounds like its playing with fire. same thing with the whole ouiji board.
that is so cool! heard you guys had a great time there! i sat this one out, (family stuff) but i look forward to possible meeting you in the future!!!

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 Posted: Tue May 5th, 2009 06:42 pm

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Yeah, Cassadega was great, and we did meet her. I have to agree that I would not take a chance and sit in that chair.I did not get to walk around town really at all. I went to the end of the street where the church was and that is all the farther I got. I wish I had more time to explore the town a little bit. I loved it there.



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 Posted: Thu May 7th, 2009 08:59 pm

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Just give me a bag of popcorn and a six pack and I would start picking the devils brain about stuff.....And ask him who I should start on my fantasy football league.....:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P



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 Posted: Thu May 7th, 2009 09:45 pm

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LOL, @ dave.

better pack some hersheys, grahams, and marshmallows too. - hell throw on a few hot dogs while ur at it......

Last edited on Thu May 7th, 2009 09:45 pm by M Newbury

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 Posted: Sat May 9th, 2009 10:09 am

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HAHA Dave.... yeah i would ask a few questions myself but the devil has a restraining order against me!!!!   ;);)

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 Posted: Sat May 9th, 2009 10:51 am

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I have heard similar stories about a " Haunted" chair in a museum. supposedly before the display of the chair (that belonged to a king) a couple of workers' took a photo op. in the chair and were killed in a car accident (together) on the way to work the following week.the museum put the chair on display and roped it off (like they do everything else). a few months later some high school kids took a trip to museum and decided it would look cool to have their picture taken on the throne; so as the tour went on the teens stayed behind and each took a picture in the chair (i'm guessing it was a very low budget type of museum because i don't know of any that just has ropes and no alarms of any kind...lol).anyways the story goes on the way back to the high school the bus crashed and you guessed it...only the students that took the picture sitting in the throne died.one version of this story has it destroyed in the end the other that i heard tells that it is now encased in glass so that there aren't any more "accidents" i didn't know which version to finish with so you pick your favorite...lol.

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 Posted: Mon May 11th, 2009 04:17 pm

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man nina...that chair sounds like its cursed..yikes!

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 Posted: Fri May 15th, 2009 07:11 am

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OK seriously....how were we there and no one told us????!!!!  I would have been allllll OVER that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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