About The Friends of Koreshan

Photo of Costumed Members at Tea House and Garden

Costumed Koreshan Unity Members at the Tea House and Garden, c. 1925.

Friends of Koreshan State Historic Site is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of historic, environmental and recreational resources of Koreshan State Historic Site for present and future generations.

What we do

The Friends of Koreshan State Park serves as the Citizens Support Organization (CSO) for the park.  Our fundraising activities support the park through work projects, programs, events, restoration of historic buildings and landscapes, outreach programs, historical exhibits, guided tours, and interpretive programs.

How can you help?

  • Give your time: Volunteer to work at Koreshan State park. Positions are available for a wide variety of interest and expertise. Call the park @ (239) 992-0311 and ask to speak to the Volunteer Coordinator for more information.
  • Financial Support: Become a member, make a donation, a memorial gift, sponsor events, or remember the park in your will.  Contact us for more details.

Your generosity will directly benefit Koreshan State Park.

Friends of the Koreshans Timeline

CORPORATE FACTS

November 9, 1987 Friends of Koreshan, Inc., incorporated
July 17, 1989 Name change to Koreshan Unity Alliance, Inc.
August 8, 2011 Name change to Friends of Koreshan State Historic Site, Inc.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

During the 1980s and well into the 1990s, the CSO partnered with the Koreshan Unity, Inc. to produce Lunar and Solar festivals. These events memorialized Koreshan events held each spring and fall to commemorate the birthdays of Victoria Gratia and Cyrus R. Teed. These festivals were held by the Koreshan followers over the years.

In the late 1990s, it was decided that the CSO would begin a new fundraising event, the Ghost Walk, a theatrical production with vignettes depicting life in the Unity during the golden years. This has been the premier fundraising event orchestrated by the CSO ever since. . Additional events include the Estero Concert Series, the Farmers Market, the Antique Engine/Quilt Show, and the Antique Car/Arts & Crafts Show.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised by the events over the years and are used for improvement to the Park.

RESTORATIONS AND GRANTS

1988 Master Plan for historic site updated with $7,500.00 grant
1989 Founders House restoration plan, $20,000.00 grant-in-aid
1990 Restoration Plan for Damkohler Cottage, CSO funded
1991 Restoration of Damkohler Cottage, CSO funded
1991 Archaeological excavation at Founder’s House,
1992 Topographical survey of Koreshan Site, $16,200.00 grant
1993 Mound Key survey and brochure, $26,077 grant
1993 Koreshan State Historic Site mapping project. A detailed depiction of the existing structures and features in the historic district and identification of potential archeological areas.
1993 Restoration of Founders House, $106,875.00 grant
1993 Museum Assessment Program Map II, $1,975.00 grant
1993 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP), $6,510.00 grant
1994 Planetary Court restoration plan, $6,500.00 grant
1999 Planetary Court Phase I restoration, $244,088 grant
1999 Restoration plan for the New Store, $20,000.00 grant
2000 Planetary Court Phase II restoration, $156,711.00 grant
2001 Art Hall restoration plan, $13,000.00 grant
2002 Art Hall Phase I restoration, grant
2003 Restoration of historic bridges, $4,600.00 grant
2004 Restoration plan for bakery building, $7,414.00 grant
2004 Restoration plan for small machine shop, CSO funded
2004 Restoration plan for Membership Cottage (Schlendler Cottage), CSO funded
2007 Art Hall Phase II restoration, $261,409.00 grant
2015 Restoration plan for industrial buildings, CSO funded $5,800.00
2014 Restoration of Membership Cottage (Schlendler Cottage), $20,000 + 13,000 grants
2016 Mound Key Improvement Planning, $117,000.00 grant

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