Please help us save the beautiful buildings of the Koreshan Unity Settlement Historic District by donating to and sharing our fundraiser!
In 1869 a man named Cyrus Teed conceived in a vision what would become known as “Koreshanity”, having what he called his “illumination,” where God revealed to him a series of universal truths which formed the fundamental principles of Koreshan belief.
Teed, claiming divine inspiration, took the name “Koresh” (Hebrew transliteration of his first name Cyrus) and proposed a new set of scientific and religious ideas, including the Hollow Earth theory that asserted the universe existed inside the inner surface of a hollow sphere. In 1894 the group concentrated itself in the small town of Estero, Florida seeking to build a “New Jerusalem”. The settlement peaked at about 200 residents during the first decade of the 20th century.
The property that was to be the “New Jerusalem” was donated to Florida State Parks in 1961 and became Koreshan State Historic Site. The Friends of Koreshan State Historic Site and the Florida Park Service has restored many of the buildings and gardens. What remains of the once vibrant community of the Koreshan Unity Settlement are 11 historic structures that date from 1882-1920 and landscaped grounds with unique ornamental exotic vegetation from throughout the world.
But we have a problem; the roofs of several of these beautiful structures are leaking and causing water damage inside of them. The Florida State Park Service has placed a tarp on the roof of the Art Hall and have put the wheels in motion to replace the roof and hopefully that of the Founders House but the need for maintenance, repair and restoration doesn’t end there. The Planetary Court needs a roof, the New Store, Bakery and Industrial Area buildings need restoration and preservation. We know you are thinking: “Why doesn’t the park service do everything?”
The answer is money; it is just not there. So we are asking for your help to save these beautiful buildings that are in the National Register of Historic Places and part of America’s history. You can help us by making a donation and sharing our fundraising campaign.