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Koreshan State Historic Site

3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928-1919
+1 239-992-0311
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Unique Gopher Tortoise Preserve & Historical Site.

Lots of things to see and do...should appeal to all. There is nature, water, and historical... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Judith G
Naples, Florida
No visit to Southwest Florida will be complete without a visit to Koreshan State Park

This park is a total surprise nested between Estero and the Gulf of Mexico. Be sure to bring your... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2017
Antonio C
Bonita Springs, Florida
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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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3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928-1919
+1 239-992-0311
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of things to see and do...should appeal to all. There is nature, water, and historical buildings - very unique. On certain Sundays, it is free due to a Farmer's Market on the grounds. Plenty of chances to see the endangered Gopher Tortoise and view...More

1  Thank Judith G
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

This park is a total surprise nested between Estero and the Gulf of Mexico. Be sure to bring your camera. There is so much to see and photograph. The park has a parking ridiculously low parking fee; $5 for a car with a family of...More

1  Thank Antonio C
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This is a very interesting, historical location. The site is just off US 41, and is like walking back in time. The docents are so knowledgeable and provide very informative tours. Then take the time to just walk the property. Loads of beautiful old trees...More

1  Thank cgcrew
Reviewed 9 August 2017

After years of wondering we decided to check it out. Beautiful grounds to walk around and get a bit of a local history lesson too.

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

My children and I went to Koreshan for the first time about a year ago and fell in love with it. Great place to explore and relax. Kids had a great time just walking around and learning some of the history of this park. They...More

1  Thank lisaninchritz
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We visited in late July. I would recommend going Spring, Fall or Winter when it is cooler and less humid. The historical aspect was very interesting. The Koreshans were a religious 'cult' from the late 1800s to early 1900s. Many of the buildings and living...More

1  Thank Daniel O
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

Visited Koreshan on a recent Sunday morning, hoping to catch the advertised farmers market. Not sure what it's like in season but in July it's not much to talk about. There were maybe 3 sellers the day we were there. The park itself is ok,...More

2  Thank Kevin V
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Good state park to see how people lived 100 years ago. Interesting buildings and exhibits. Picked mangoes and saw gopher tortuous.

Thank moonshinerkey
Reviewed 15 July 2017

Nice well kept state historic site. Our old south history preserved with its buildings, fixtures, and oddities. There is much to see and learn, with helpful volunteers and guides.

Thank nickcarter144
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Although the 3 main buildings are closed for the summer for roof repairs, and the weather was threatening thunderstorms, we ventured out. The grounds offer the Florida charm of green lawns and thick palm woods. Just as we started the rain and thunder broke loose....More

Thank Kathy I
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Lisa D
30 January 2017|
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Response from crypticat | Reviewed this property |
The ghost walk is a play that you experience while walking through the park. A guide narrates as you walk candlelit paths and watch actors perform at various stops along the way. The play is derived from actual Koreshan... More
11 July 2016|
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Response from Eric F | Reviewed this property |
It is Florida
Mike B
26 April 2016|
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nearest restraunt