More Koreshan Living…Part 2
The founding of the Koreshan Unity Settlement in Estero, Florida, was the continuation of a movement started in Moravia, New York, in 1880 by Dr. Cyrus R. Teed. His Utopian community of 200 followers often had to contend with an unfriendly and hostile society because of their religious, scientific and cultural beliefs To find an accommodating environment, the movement relocated to the Florida frontier in 1894. Dr. Teed took the name “Koresh” the Hebrew translation for Cyrus, meaning shepherd.
1920 Vesta NewComb Cottage…
The colonists believed that the entire universe existed within a giant, hollow sphere. they conducted experiments that seemed to confirm their beliefs.
Dr. Cyrus R. Teed’s Home…
Encouraged by their visionary leader, the industrious Koreshan’s built and operated a printing facility, boat works, cement works, sawmill, bakery, store and hostelry. Education, science and art also helped shape their community. Education served and important role, not only for the children at the settlement, but also for the adult members.
Artistic endeavors included producing plays and musicals, and creating elaborate Victorian gardens.
1904 Planetary Court…
Small Machine Shop…
Another Victorian Garden…oh be still my heart!
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.
Our beliefs couldn’t be farther from each other, but the truth be-known…I have to hand it to them the beautiful community they built together for their day in age.
If this historic site isn’t enough to grab the visual eyes, there is a nature trail meanders along the Estero River through pines, palmettos, oaks and palms. You can enjoy fishing, boating and canoeing. Young children can play on the playground located in the picnic area.
Whenever you are in South West Florida, be sure to make this one of your visits, you will be so glad you did.
Tip of the Day for Photographers/Bloggers:
What is in your camera bag?
Do you carry ALL the necessary items?
Here is a list of helpful items that could come in a handy in a pinch during a shoot…
- water bottle
- kleenex/paper towels
- safety pins & bobbie pins, clipped over the edge of bag
- bottle of aspirin
- band aids…blisters on feet
Can you think of any other helpful items a photographer might need?
Did you see Part 1 of the Koreshan Community?
If not, click here to view.