Koreshan State Historic Site

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The ghost of Cyrus Teed and his followers are said to haunt this state park and museum, waiting for their leader to resurrect. In 1869, the Chicago doctor changed his name to Koresh and developed a new religion in which he was the Messiah. In 1894 Teed brought his followers here and built a commune, the Koreshan Unity. Teed died in 1908, and his followers waited for him to resurrect. After 3 weeks, the health department forced them to dispose of the body. It was placed in a mausoleum on the beach, but washed out to sea during a hurricane years later. The last Koreshan died in 1982, and many say their spirits are still here watching over their land. Witnesses have reported shadow people who disappear on the trails, unexplained voices in the buildings, and floating orbs of light.

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Geographic Information

Address:
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL
United States

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GPS:
26.4329949, -81.81537200000002
County:
Lee County, Florida
Nearest Towns:
Estero, FL (0.6 mi.)
San Carlos Park, FL (2.5 mi.)
Three Oaks, FL (2.9 mi.)
Bonita Springs, FL (6.8 mi.)
Fort Myers Beach, FL (8.3 mi.)
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Cypress Lake, FL (8.9 mi.)
Harlem Heights, FL (9.0 mi.)
Pine Manor, FL (10.4 mi.)
Page Park, FL (10.5 mi.)

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  1. The first time we went to Koreshan, we were walking around the houses. After we looked in the bakery building, I suddenly got very shaky and my throat burned like there was something stuck in it. I chalked it up to the sun and walking around too much. The a few weeks later, we were camping there and when to the ranger’s campfire circle when my kids asked if the place was haunted. The ranger paused and said there is a story that a little girl got poisoned at the bakery and some people (usually women) have complained of symptoms of heart burn and sore throat after being in the bakery. I was blown away, since it’s not a published story and I had never heard about it before. We camp there all the time and we love it, and there is definitely a “feeling” about the place.

    • ahhh I wanted to camp out there sometime soon, but did you experience anything other than that during your stay? please let me know, im interested in staying a night thereeee

  2. I was camping there from 8/29/14 – 9/1/14 with a party of 4. We all saw something unbelievable! we were riding our bikes and suddenly we all stopped and in the middle of the road there was a perfect square beam of shiny crystals around 6 feet tall and a perfect 4 sided beam with sharp edges just standing there! We were all like, what is that! My friend Vickie got on her bike and rodes next to it, somehow un afraid, and waved her had across the beam to breaK it up instead the beam boved awat from her arm in perfect form!!!!!!!! We were so dumbfounded we were in shock. suddenly it vaporized in a tornado like way. She is still puzzeled why she tried to touch it! We later had two more things happen!. I am really freaked out over this and am trying to make sense of it.

  3. Went here about 2 years ago and knew from the start this place is haunted. There is a grave on site and have a feeling that is why its haunted. I caught EVPs at the women’s building and at the electrical plant. Also felt dizzy while walking around. I asked the park rangers if they experienced any paranormal and they said no. But I knew they would say that.

  4. I love this park. So serene, so spiritual. I have experienced several mystical occurances here. I’m a sensitive and there’s no doubt this place is beautifully haunted.

  5. I was here just earlier today, and the strangest thing happened. My friend and I came to take pictures. We parked and walked to the Art Hall and it was fine. We looked into the windows and snapped a few shots before continuing on to the Planetary Court. The minute both of us took the steps up to the front porch we instantly became uneasy. I felt like my stomach went into a knot. I was anxious and on edge for no reason. It was so bad that I couldn’t even look into the windows because I didn’t want to know what was in the house. We quickly walked away, and as soon as we did the feeling went away and we were fine. It was relieving to get away from the house. I took a picture of it just as we left. After exploring the rest of the site, we decided to come back to the house and see if the feeling would return. It did not. I still didn’t like the house, but I was able to look into the windows. I took another picture of the house before leaving the park. Later tonight as I was going through the pictures, I noticed something really odd in the first picture of the house I took. There is a dark shadow figure looking out from the second story window. It is the height and size of a little boy, I’m not sure if there were any children deaths around here but that’d definitely what it is. You can clearly distinguish the difference between the reflection of the trees and this figure too. The shadow is darker, and in front of the outline of the trees. That picture was taken the first time at the house, when I had the uneasy feeling. I compared it to the second picture I took, when I did not feel the same way. There is clearly a difference between the two pictures. The second one shows no signs of a shadow figure in the top window. Coincidence? I don’t think so. This was a weird experience, but I am dying to go back and get to the bottom of it.

  6. Earlier today we went to the park to go to a farmers market with my parents. We decided to take a look around the historic buildings and I had read about this a few days ago that it was haunted. We went into the founders house and looking upstairs my brother and I both saw what seems to be a little ball of light, but we thought we were just paranoid. Then later walking around we came across the grave and after about 40 seconds of standing there in front of it my fathers cell phone started making an odd static noise and no apps or anything were open. The rest of the time I was using an EVP app and there is no doubt that there is a spirtual presence there.

  7. My wife and I go up to this park when ever we are in Florida. I always take pictures of the buildings. in one of the buildings I can always see people in the windows and door way. I have three different pictures with ghost in them from the park.

  8. My Husband and I went to the farmer’s market with no knowledge of the site at all. I realized as soon as I saw the main house that I had had a dream the night before of the house and the second story balconies. Which is an unusual feature. Not sure why….

  9. i stayed here a few years ago and got ran out the first night by ghost winds.. strong winds blew my tents down during the night around 11pm-12am… went to the ranger station the next morning the rangers said there was no winds last night they have meters all over the place… but yet during the night hurricane force winds destroyed my tent tarps and everything..

  10. Me and my friend snuck into the park after hours on a full moon to mess around with a ouiji board. We sat on the porch of the art hall and started to mess around not really believing but it started to move and even told us that they were murdered! Then we both got goosebumps and an uneasy feeling. The candle freaked out and we left real quick. Definilty not doing that again lol.

  11. So a friend of mine went here a few years back before the gate was put up, needless to say we went to the little house and looked in and seen the chair rocking. My friend has a emf reader (I think that’s what they are called), went and got it out of his car, and walked back to the building, the needle on his device went crazy, and when we looked on the thermal screen we seen a perfect blue silhouette of a person rocking in the chair.

  12. We own a vacation condo in Pelican Sound near the Korshan Cemetary and my 3 year old son wakes up on a regular basis between 1 and 3 pm with Nighmares . When I returned recently to our home in Canada I spoke with our house keeper who told me that my Son is seeing ghosts from a nearby Graveyard and that my Son ,like her has the ability to see spirits in complete form . This is a lot to take in and I am concerned that my son will not want to travel back if this continues each time we visit

  13. I tried to do an evp by the grave and it sounded like a door opening and closing and i was trying an app on my phone woth words and holding a cigg in my hand amd it said christensen ciggarette i said you wanna smoke a ciggarette it said wish other things like i said i wanna tske a pickture i opened my camera it said picture also things like murder or cancer amd other stuff id like to camp out there and know if any and what kind of evps people have gotten by the grave and names of people who have lived there

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