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Koreshan State Historic Site, Estero

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The Koreshan State Historic Site is a state park in Lee County, Florida located on U.S. Highway 41 at Corkscrew Road. It was also added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 4, 1976 under the designation of Koreshan Unity Settlement Historic District.It contains areas of pine flatwoods habitat and the site of a religious colony, the Koreshan Unity, whose last members deeded the land to the state in 1961. Recent aerial video footage of the site.FloraThe Koreshans imported a wide range of plant species from across the world, including: a Araucaria bidwillii (false monkey puzzle) tree, which is indigenous to Queensland, Australia, and drops seed pods as large as a football, a number of sausage trees, which are native to Africa and a favored food of giraffes, eucalyptus, mango and other fruit bearing trees, an extraordinary amount of Japanese bamboo that originally hails from the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, and many flowering trees and plants of a wide variety.FaunaAmong the wildlife of the park are gopher tortoises, bobcats, gray foxes, North American river otters and American alligators, as well as such birds as swallow-tailed kites, bald eagles, northern bobwhites, and red-shouldered hawks.
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  • A Messiah was teed? A spinner? Anyway, someone, it was managed to gather a large number of disciples to! Historically interesting and worth a visit! There are also canoes and kayaks can be rented!
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  • This historic site has an interesting history, in addition to lovely grounds and old settlement buildings. I can imagine what it must have been like when this community started and it was envisioned a...  read more »
  • This was an insightful view to an almost "cult" organization that existed in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Fun to do but not really a repeat trip. If you're looking for a place to take out of town guest...  read more »
  • Glamping at it's best. Nice trails for being in town. Old historic compound. To many exotic plants to discribe. Very large bamboo forest along river that leads to Calusa Am. Indian shell island by canoe or hike through. Pavilion for party's. Very nice.
  • This Florida State Park was a great surprise. The historical buildings are well preserved and you can walk into most of them and learn the history of the Koreshans. Just walking through the park itself is a pleasure since the trails are well marked and well taken care of.
  • This is a really nice park. The park is kept up and preserved very well, there are rangers at some of the buildings that will give you some history on the site. Great way to spend a day or camp overnight. Check out the nature trail while you're there, it's not too long of a walk and is really nice. The river is very busy with kayakers and canoes.
  • Had a very relaxing visit. Plenty of history to absorb. Canoe and kayak rentals available. Beautiful plant life and scenery
  • Wonderful and welcoming camp site. The camp lots are situated in a palm tree forest and it feels wholesome, clean, and refreshing to stay here. I will definitely be coming back if I'm in the area again. The bathrooms are very well maintained for a park.
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