Tour the Koreshan Settlement
Come take a tour of The Koreshan Settlement at Koreshan State Park. See the houses and buildings of the late 1800s and early 1900s and traverse the preserved bamboo trails throughout the property. Experience the past as you walk the place where the settlers of the Koreshan Unity lived, worked and thrived for decades.
From December to March we conduct tours twice daily, Wednesday through Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. From April through November tours are offered once a day on Saturday and Sunday at 10am. Occasionally there are Friday tours offered. Please contact the ranger station to find out if a Friday tour is available. The tours are guided by our knowledgeable volunteer and ranger staff who will take you on a journey through the daily life of the Koreshans. This tour offers several experiences to truly immerse you in the life of the Koreshans and gain first hand experiences about how it was to live here.
A stop at the Cast Iron Café grants the opportunity to taste traditional Koreshan foods and desserts, January through March only. A dip into this culinary world offers a glimpse of the simple life that they lived, right down to the foods they ate. The food is prepared from scratch and cooked in an actual 19th century wood-burning stove. Next, visit the Industrial area check out the 1929 Fairbanks-Morse Engine and the Machine Shop. The Koreshans were not only known for their unique belief system but also their innovative use of electricity. They not only provided electricity for the residents of the settlement but also for their neighbors in the area. And lastly, walk along the bamboo trails that the Koreshans created for the aesthetic purposes. The bamboo is not a native plant of Florida but has been preserved as a part of this area’s unique history.
Throughout the tour, learn about the Koreshan belief system, how they came to be, and eventually their dissolution. This tour is a fun-filled educational experience that serves to capture a significant part of the area’s history.