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Koreshan State Historic Site

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Address: 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928
Phone Number: +1 239-992-0311
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Park open daily, 365 days a year from 8:00 AM until sunset. The historic...

Park open daily, 365 days a year from 8:00 AM until sunset. The historic Koreshan Settlement is open daily from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Camping, hiking, picnic area, playground, kayak and canoe rentals, boat launch on the Estero River, guided historic tours, Sunday Farmers Market, Yoga in the Park Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dr. Cyrus R. Teed's utopian community of 200 followers relocated from New York to Florida in 1894. Dr. Teed took the name 'Koresh,' the Hebrew translation for Cyrus, meaning shepherd. The colonists believed that the entire universe existed within a giant, hollow sphere. They conducted experiments that seemed to confirm their beliefs. The Koreshans built and operated a printing facility, boat works, cement works, sawmill, bakery, store and hostelry. Education, science and art also helped shape their community. After the death of Dr. Teed in 1908 at the age of 69, membership of his religious group began to decline. In 1961, the four remaining members deeded 305 acres of their land to the state of Florida as a park and memorial. The Koreshan Unity Settlement Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Interesting Historical Site

We like to visit this state park. The history of the Koreshan's is fascinating. The look into their lifestyle and beliefs is interesting. You can walk around the park on your... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Estero, Florida
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Estero, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We like to visit this state park. The history of the Koreshan's is fascinating. The look into their lifestyle and beliefs is interesting. You can walk around the park on your own. There are park rangers to answer any questions. We enjoy taking the trails that wander near the river and in the forested area. So quiet and peaceful. There... More 

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a convenient State Historic Site, a few feet west of Tamiami Trail (US 41) and Corkscrew. Lots of acres; good interpretive signage about the history; and easy walking trails. A number of different historic buildings on over 100 acres.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely park for families, couples, or simply enjoy alone! Lovely strolls to be had, canoeing, biking, or enjoy the attractions or events offered. Great venue for families, couples, or alone!

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This historic site was extremely interesting. The docent in the main building was quite knowledgeable about the history of the Koreshan Unity, which added to depth to our visit. We brought a picnic lunch and hiked the river path afterward. A very enjoyable day!

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Pulaski, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we rented a canoe, saw an alligator under a tree, a manatee knocked us in the trees, the the view was so relaxing and it was so quiet and peaceful. docked at the koreshan dock ,walked around the grounds and compound, on a self guided tour. this place is AMAZING! seven dollars to rent the canoe and the tour was... More 

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West Chester, PA, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you're in the area, save a half-day for this place. I had seen the signs for it for literally years, but had no clue what it was all about. Well, I WILL return to take it in in more detail, as it was an amazing look into the living past, with very well preserved buildings and facilities and machines.... More 

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place brings a bye-gone community to life as you wander round the different buildings getting a peek into the daily life's of the Koreshans .Suitable for families, lots of tracks to explore lots to learn plenty of rangers and volunteers to help. I particularly enjoyed listening to the guide inside the Art Hall.

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Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

An interesting state park that preserves the history of a utopian communal society from 1870's. A lot of the original buildings are well preserved along with period furnishings. A theatre, work shops, living areas, gardens are open to view. Good walking trails. Nominal fee to enter and plenty of parking.

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Galloway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Great grounds, historic buildings, and amazing nature all in one. The stories and photos of days gone by are so interesting. The river is gorgeous, and the hiking trails are peaceful and easy to do!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This place is so serene and inviting to learn the history of the Koreshan Society. Wonderful scenery and great knowledge of the once location of this community. Good for portraits, camping, and just a day trip to walk the grounds.

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