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Koreshan State Historic Site

3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928-1919
+1 239-992-0311
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Farmer's Market

Visited Koreshan on a recent Sunday morning, hoping to catch the advertised farmers market. Not... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Kevin V
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Historical

Good state park to see how people lived 100 years ago. Interesting buildings and exhibits. Picked... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
moonshinerkey
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Yulee, 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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928-1919
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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

Thank Kevin V
Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Thank moonshinerkey
Reviewed 6 days ago

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 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

Koreshan is a wonderful historical site. The guides give you an insight to the history of the Estero and Fort Myers area. Run by many volunteers it is a must see part of the history of Florida. Camping and boating activities are available as well.

Thank ddwaller1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live close to Parks and Nature trails, Koreshan is my favorite. This place had been preserved to showcase the history of the original inhabitants of Estero who's houses, church, theater and town hall still stand, hence it is a nature park and a walk-in...More

Thank angelfire2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Once you get by the really uninterested and unhelpful gate ranger (who seem seriously annoyed that we asked for a map), Koreshan is a really fascinating place to visit. Having camped there 20 years ago, it was amazing to see how much they had developed...More

Thank pastorhope
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! This State Park is a great find for locals or visitors. It has amazing Estero history in the historic settlement, a covered park pavilion which is rentable, a boat ramp, campground, playground, walking trails, and best of all? The cheapest canoe & kayak rentals...More

2  Thank Andy5201
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I support all of the parks in the area. We thought we would go for a walk on the trails, wasn't very happy with the trails they were full of sand. The old houses in historic area really needs. They could use...More

Thank FtMyersFoody
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On Sundays a Farmers Market is open between 8AM and 1PM. Today park entrance was Free if you are visiting the Farmers Market. Not sure if all Sundays are Free but it saved us the $5 entrance and we spent $8 on corn, tomatoes, sweet...More

Thank Kenneth C
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Lisa D
30 January 2017|
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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
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