The Lower Gulf Coast Sights


Koreshan State Historic Site

Koreshan State Historic Site Review

Tour one of Florida's quirkier chapters from the past. Named for a religious cult that was active at the turn of the 20th century, Koreshan preserves a dozen structures where the group practiced arts, worshipped a male-female divinity, and created its own branch of science called cosmogony, which claimed the universe existed within a giant hollow sphere. The cult floundered when leader Cyrus Reed Teed died in 1908, and in 1961 the four remaining members deeded the property to the state. Rangers and volunteers lead tours and demonstrations, and the grounds are lovely for picnicking and camping. Canoeists paddle the Estero River, fringed by a forest of exotic vegetation the Koreshans planted.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 3800 Corkscrew Rd., at U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail), Estero, FL, 33928 | Map It
  • Phone: 239/992–0311
  • Cost: $5 per vehicle with up to 8 passengers; $4 for single motorist; $2 per bicyclist, pedestrian, or extra passenger
  • Hours: Daily 8–sunset
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  • Location: Estero-Bonita Springs
Updated: 05-12-2014

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