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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
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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.

Thank Paul C
Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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

Thank Robbies6
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days 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 

Thank Munch1002
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

Thank paudraigmurphy
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 

Thank Dan E
Clinton, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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.

Thank wwsiwyg
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you visit Naples and are the kind of traveler who enjoys visiting the Edison-Ford homes in Ft. Meyers and Palm Cottage in Naple's historic district, don't miss the Koreshan State Historic Site. It's fascinating. The group that founded this settlement were quirky and sometimes advanced-thinking for its time. The grounds are fun to explore. Enjoyed watching the kayakers, too.... More 

Thank Jim E
Archer, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice clean campground with clean bathrooms and friendly staff. Pretty nature trail. We enjoyed walking by the Estero river and seeing the old settlement.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

after passing the sign on the side of road decided to look up the location. I had no idea there was a STATE PARK RIGHT HERE! The reviews that had a picture of the "Bamboo forest" made me call my job to inform them I would be a little late because I am pretty sure if there was a bamboo... More 

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