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Koreshan State Historic Site

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Address: 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928
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+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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Fascinating place....

We pulled in off of Hwy 41---not knowing anything about this State Historic Site. Took in a Ranger talk on snakes. Then walked the trail along the river to the historic site... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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East Wenatchee, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Interesting place, nice grounds and bulding to walk around and some interesting history. The walking path along the canal was very nice, lots of vegetation, especially bamboo. Nice place to check out if you get a chance.

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East Wenatchee, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We pulled in off of Hwy 41---not knowing anything about this State Historic Site. Took in a Ranger talk on snakes. Then walked the trail along the river to the historic site. Spent several hours wandering the grounds, looking through the buildings, interpretive boards and old photos. There were well trained and enthusiastic volunteers available for Q&A at strategic locations.... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The park offers a small camping area (electric/water sites with a dump station available) and encompasses the Koreshan Unity compound, which died out in the mid 20th century. It's an interesting history, part of a utopian sect with a unique leader whose followers saw him as the next messiah. Entrance is $4/vehicle. There are ground she'll walkways around the buildings,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

State Park with some locate history and exhibits. An educational history of our not too distant past. Park features RV parking and access for boating. Seasonally there is a farmer's market on Sundays and events. Well worth the visit.

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Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have been here several times, usually taking out of town guests. It is a cheap venue to learn about some local history. It is the site of the Koreshans, a now defunct cult. Pretty interesting, plus the site and buildings are cool

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Just returned from an incredible camping trip...love love love this park! The new electrical is great...the illumination certainly is an added bonus. Sites are large although new sand still needs a bit of time to be packed down well. Kids had a blast and always felt safe with them having a bit of distance from us. Trails are clearly marked... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Koreshan State Park is a very interesting place, especially if you like history. The site was originally settled in the late 1800s by a communal society that practiced celibacy and believed men and women were equal. The followers were intelligent people who taught arts and vocational skills. They often held concerts for the larger community and were early adopters of... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We often visit with friends as the history of the Koreshian movement is fascinating, the buildings are very well preserved and the water is nearby so you can hire a canoe and explore

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Melbourne, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Koreshan Stat Park is directly next to Koreshan Historical site. The state park camping area has recently been reopened after being closed for upgrading of camp sites with water and electrical hook ups. There are kayak and canoe rentals available at the ranger station as you enter the state park. The lazy river is perfect for a one or 2... More 

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Clinton, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We found the buildings interesting and loved the nature hike. We took a picnic and ate near the playground. Very clean park. Lots of shade. Saw many turtles. One black snake so be cautious where you step. Easy and short hike. Kayaked in the afternoon on Estero river. Equipment in good shape. Ranger friendly. Peaceful river. Many birds and fish.

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