NAME: Koreshan
CLIMATE: Hot in Summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Winter or Spring
COMMENTS: No residents. Koreshan is now a State Park. The site is in Estero 15 miles south of Fort Myers on US 41. From Interstate 75, take Exit 19 (Corkscrew Road) west. This may be one of the few actual standing Ghost Towns in Florida. It has been preserved and has not decayed away as in most abandoned towns in the Sunshine State
REMAINS: Preserved remains of the colony with many original displays. Buildings and Homes are original and not just replicas.
The remains of an unusual pioneer settlement can be found on the banks of the Estero River in Lee County. In 1884 Cyrus Teed came from Chicago to start a new religion and way of life called "Koreshanity". He called it a "New Jerusalem". Teed felt that God was both Male and Female. The Earth was enclosed with all the stars and planets and we lived inside. By 1893 the colony began and flourished until the death of Teed in 1908. The group declined until the four remaining inhabitants gave the property to the state in 1961. Submitted by: Mike Woodfin

All Pictures Courtesy Mike Woodfin

Map of Koreshan Site
Courtesy Mike Woodfin

1800's picture of an early Koreshan home (courtesy of the Florida State Archieves)

Courtesy Mike Woodfin

Courtesy Mike Woodfin

Anna Lewis House (Restored)

Art Hall circa: 1905

Bakery circa: 1903

Damkohler Cottage circa: 1892 Damkohler donated acreage for the Koreshan sect to build their community.

The Dining Hall was used from 1897 - 1898 and was the tallest building in the area. It was demolished by order of the Fire Marshall in 1949.

Old dock and piling on the Estero River

Teed's home circa:1896

Planetary Court circa: 1904

General Store circa: 1920

Membership Cottage

Generator Building circa: 1908

Vesta Newcomb Cottage circa: 1920

Small Machine Shop circa: 1905

Original Machines in the Large Machine Shop circa: 1905

old wall and lion head fountain by the Estero River.  Notice all the small lions around the base of the cactus pot.   
Courtesy Jim Pike

close-up of lions encircling the base of the lion's head fountain
Courtesy Jim Pike

Lion's Head flower pot at Koreshan site
Courtesy Jim Pike