Florida historians agree that one of the most unusual pioneers to call the state home was Cyrus R. Teed. In 1894, Teed decided to continue the utopian movement he started in New York when he moved to Estero on Florida’s southwest coast.
Teed and his 200 followers believed the entire universe existed within a giant, hollow sphere and often conducted experiments to confirm their beliefs.
At the turn of the 20th century, Teed’s Koreshan Unity Settlement consisted of a printing facility, sawmill, bakery, store and a number of other buildings. Some of the historic structures remain to this day and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The State of Florida maintains 305 acres of the settlement for the public to enjoy.