by Roger Parlin, Volunteer, Docent, Tour Guide
Dr. Cyrus Teed’s vision of the world expressed in the sect he founded and called Koreshanity reflects his religious and scientific beliefs, much of which, according to Teed, was given to him in his “Illumination” in 1869. Foremost, and arguably the most outlandish of his beliefs, was that we lived inside a hollow earth. Teed was not alone; other notable scientists of the day also posited the earth was hollow.
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Cyrus Teed married Fidelia (Delia) M. Rowe in 1859, and their son, Douglas Arthur Teed was born February 21, 1860. As an adult, Douglas became a respected artist, and some of his works still grace the walls of the Koreshan Unity’s Art Hall in the Historic Settlement area of Koreshan State Park. The above painting is one of his works, Parade Led by Elephants.
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Above image is an aerial photo of the Koreshan Unity, Hwy. 41 and Estero Florida, ca. 1958.
In early Estero, author Quentin Quesnell wrote that when the Spanish came to Mound Key near the mouth of the Estero River in 1567, they found the thriving capital of the native Calusa Indians. By the 1700s, the dwindling Calusa had fled to Key West, then Cuba, leaving the area to Cuban fisherman, outlaws, and pirates.
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Koreshan State Park, the historic home of the Koreshan Unity, has many unique specimens throughout the remains of its once-famous botanical gardens, including several varieties of mango, lychee and other fruit-bearing trees, eucalyptus, Chinese bamboo and other flowering trees and plants from around the world. Some even from the Ford and Edison Winter estates in Fort Myers. Here are just a few:
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