Koreshan State Historic Site, Estero

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The Official page of Koreshan State Historic Site. The 200 members of Chicago based Koreshan Unity acquired 320 acres of land in 1894 and created their own community over the next few years. They eventually acquired nearly 7,500 acres of land, had the only store in Estero and brought music and drama to the frontier land that was southwest Florida. The settlement flourished until the death of their leader, Cyrus R. Teed in 1908.

In 1961 the remaining few members donated 305 acres of land to the State of Florida for historic preservation. Eleven buildings remain in the historic settlement and give a glimpse of what life was like here in the early 1900's.
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  • August 12, 2017
    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; $...  more »
  • August 9, 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 t...  more »
  • August 9, 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.  more »
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  • May 5, 2017
    Koreshan State Historic Site is a comfortable campground. I like the spacious lots to RV and tent camp. The bathrooms are plush and clean. Great place to ride bikes and canoe. We enjoyed the historical walk through the century old buildings located on the grounds. Although we were located near stores for shopping convenience the grounds were free of any city noise.
  • June 23, 2017
    Beautifully maintained grounds with some interesting history. There is a colony of historical buildings along the estero river dating back to 1895. Gorgeous place to have a picnic, or celebrate an occasion. They also have a campground that is full service. A must see!
  • June 13, 2017
    It's a beautiful historical site with a nice walking trail, kayak rentals, and it's also pet friendly. On Sunday they have a farmer's market until 1 p.m. and it is only $1 per couple to get into the park. Enjoyable for the family.
  • June 11, 2017
    It's an interesting place to go. I used my mobility scooter and I was able to see most of everything. Make sure you bring a hat and sunglasses, it gets hot there and there aren't many shaded places.
  • April 11, 2017
    Very nice place to camp in and lots to see and do. It is very difficult to get in because they are always booked so far out. We got lucky when someone cancelled their weekend there. We booked it and we are glad we did. We walked around the old building and work shops there, all from long ago. If you are in the area be sure to stop and check it out. Bring your camera.

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