Dr. Cyrus Teed (AKA Koresh) envisioned his Koreshan Unity would someday have ten million members, and Estero Florida would become the capital of the world. Painter and sculptor Moses Weaver, a unity member, created a painting of Teed’s vision of a New Jerusalem, which now hangs in the Art Hall.
In the painting, there are four sections of roads crisscrossing the Koreshan settlement. Each section has three roads: one for foot traffic, one for horse and buggy and one for commercial traffic.
The unity had even planned a composting disposal system called an Earth Closet to take sewage out of the City to what we now call a sewage treatment plant, to be used as fertilizer for their agricultural projects. No sewage was to be dumped into the rivers, bays or the Gulf.
Koresh even had plans to reroute the Estero River around the settlement to build a moat with a drawbridge. This would give the settlement a castle-like appearance for his New Jerusalem. His settlement home (now the Founders House) was to have a turret like those found in medieval European castles, sheathed in gold, which resembled Teed’s vision of Heaven.
Moses, born in Lancaster Pennsylvania in 1862 and died December 1965 in Utah, served for a time as a Koreshan Unity council member. He later left the Unity to join the Mormon Church.
To learn more about the Koreshan Unity and this unique period of Florida history, take a guided tour of the Koreshan Unity Historic Settlement.