To many Fort Myers Beach visitors, the word “utopia” comes to mind when our island’s name is mentioned. Local history will tell you that snowbirds and tourists are not the only individuals that feel this way about stunning Southwest Florida.
One of the most interesting local groups of pioneers were the Koreshans who established a settlement just east of Fort Myers Beach over one hundred years ago. Much like the present snowbird population, this unique group of people treasured our warm climate, stunning coastline and natural beauty. The Koreshan Unity, headed by its pioneer Dr. Cyrus Teed created a promote their belief in Koreshanity which even peaked the interest of local residents and innovators Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.
The site upon which their commune functioned was designated a Florida State Historic Site in 1961, to preserve their historic role in the development of Southwest Florida and to preserve the history of communal utopias in the United States.
11 beautifully maintained historic structures that date from 1882-1920 are now the only remains of the Koreshan community, now called the Koreshan State Historic Site. The site’s landscaped grounds are home to unique ornamental exotic vegetation from throughout the world and visitors can fish, picnic, boat, and hike where Teed´s visionaries once lived and created their own utopia.
The Koreshan site is open to visitors throughout the 2016 season.
Everyday: Walking Tour at 10am and 2pm
Tuesday: Guided Botanical Garden Tour, 1pm
Wednesday/Saturday: Engine Demonstration, 11:30am
Thursday: Cracker Cowboy Cooking, 11am
Sunday: Yoga, 7am-8am, Farmers Market 8am-1pm
For more information, please call (239) 992-0311
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