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Site of Koreshan cult now state park

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Title:
Site of Koreshan cult now state park
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Dunn, Hampton
Publication Date:

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Subjects / Keywords:
Cults -- Florida -- Estero   ( lcsh )
Description and travel -- Estero (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
non-fiction   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the Koreshan Unity cult established by Curys Reed, later known by the name Koresh, and the community that he built in Estero, Florida. The Koreshan community's property later became a State park.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hamtpon Dunn.
General Note:
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 14, 2010).
General Note:
At head of title: Photouring Florida.

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Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002221036
oclc - 647775572
usfldc doi - D33-0032
usfldc handle - d33.32
System ID:
SFS0000413:00001


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-d03SITE OF KORESHAN CULT NOW STATE PARK By HAMPTON DUNN ESTERO --Cyrus Reed Teed dreamed big. He envisioned that one day Estero would be larger than Chicago or New York, that it would have a population of eight to ten million. Its streets would be 400 feet wide. For this was the "New Jerusalem" for his cult, known as the Koreshan Unity. Fantastic as were some of its beliefs, Dr. Teed had a following, though much smaller in number than he had expected would flock to him. The vision of himself as a new messiah came one night in 1869, back in Utica, N.Y. This was the seed for a new religion. He decided that while the world is round, as Columbus discovered, the fact is we live inside of the earth. People are like seeds in a grapefruit. Teed operated a non-atheistic communistic community, his followers signing over all their worldly goods to him. He also required celibacy and separated the sexes. After operating from Chicago for a while, he came to this lower Gulf coast community in 1894 and eventually acquired several hundred acres of property for his cult. Teed died on Dec. 22, 1908. His followers refused to bury him because he had preached he would rise again. A day or so after Christmas local health authorities ordered the messiah interred anyway. His followers buried him under a concrete slab at the end of Fort Myers Beach. In 1921 a hurricane swept away his remains. Today the art center is one building left and the property has become a State Park.

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