Koreshan State Park held a community celebration on Feb. 9 to recognize the 125th anniversary of the Koreshan Unity settlement in Estero. Among the many highlights of the morning were the array of traditional Koreshan recipes featured at the Cast Iron Cafe. Jams produced from fruits grown at the historic settlement and homemade breads were among the unique offerings being served by volunteers. For those who missed it, a sampling of traditional Koreshan foods is available regularly, on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month.

Koreshan-Cast-Iron-CafeAlso at the celebration, interpreters in traditional garb roamed the grounds and engaged visitors with stories of the Koreshan settlers. In the machine shop, original tools were on display, with trained volunteers demonstrating the machinery that helped shape the Koreshans’ quality of life. Eleven buildings at the Koreshan settlement are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, proving a vision of what life may have been like for these Estero pioneers 125 years ago.

– Photo by Ashley Snizek

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