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Koreshan State Historic Site

[Full Facilities Camping] [Canoeing] [Boat Ramp] [Picnic] [Boating] [Fishing] [Campfire Circle] [Nature Trail]

Estero

The remains of an unusual pioneer settlement are preserved on the banks of the Estero River. In 1894, a religious visionary named Cyrus Reed Teed brought his followers from Chicago to Estero to construct a "New Jerusalem." Teed hoped it would become a city of 10 million people practicing the religions of Koreshanity.

Teed believed the earth was a hollow sphere with all life, planets, moon and stars within it.

Upon the death of Teed in 1908, membership began to decline until the four remaining members deeded the property to the state in 1961.

Fishing, camping, nature study, picnicking and boating from the boat ramp are popular activities. Canoe rentals are available. Park rangers offer guided walks and campfire programs according to seasonal demand.

Koreshan State Historic Site is located on U.S. 41 at Corkscrew Road.

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