While visiting my father in southern Florida we decided to take his 1947 Chevy truck to Khorashan State Park for some photos. While there we got some very nice photos of his truck in front of some older buildings which made for a nice backdrop. We also learned a lot about this fascinating place which is now used as a campground and attracts many tourists every day. The Estero river runs through the state park and many kayakers can be seen in this beautiful shaded River area. The older houses are not typical of this area of Florida.
I also enjoyed learning about the cult that settled in this area in the late 1800s. Found it fascinating that they were able to build everything that they did without air-conditioning and dealing with the wildlife such as spiders, snakes and alligators that are indigenous to this area. It was also very interesting to learn about their beliefs and what brought them together to build this commune.
Cyrus Reed Teed brought followers to Estero in 1894 to build the "New Jerusalem" for his new faith, Koreshanity. The colony, known as the Koreshan Unity, believed that the entire universe existed within a giant, hollow sphere. The colony began to leave after Teed´s death in 1908.
When visiting the Khorashan State Park, one can camp, fish, hike, canoe, kayak and view wildlife. The volunteers who work there are very friendly and knowledgeable. My dad and I saw a wedding taking place while there. If you enjoy nature and like to get away from the crowds, this state park might be a nice excursion if you visit southern Florida.
You can read more about the Khorashan State Park here (just click on the next line): The cost was only $5.00/vehicle to visit when I was there.