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Jan. 21st, 2008 @ 12:09 am Koreshan Unity (and the Horoses)
The Koreshan Unity was a new religious movement started by Cyrus Teed, based upon the belief that we all live inside of a hollow earth, and that the sky and stars are an object at the nucleus of that sphere. During its Chicago phase in the 1890s, Editha Lolita Diss De Bar and Frank Dutton Jackson (known in G.D. circles as the Horoses) were members. Jackson, in fact, was one of the first visitors to the land that would become their new commune in Estero, FL. Around 1898, Diss De Bar and Jackson later tried to discredit the Koreshans and drive them out of town, presumably to use the land to for their own fruititarian colony. This scheme, like so many others, failed; the Koreshans, on the other hand, did quite well for themselves. In the end, it was the Horoses who were driven out...until they reached Paris circa 1901 and found fresh game in the Golden Dawn.

I recently did a self-guided walking tour of the Koreshan facility, which today now a state historic site. Here are a few of the photos I took.

LJ1 Estero River.jpg
Being founded before the advent of highways, most visitors would have arrived by way of the Estero River.

LJ2 Landing.jpg
Arriving at the Bamboo Landing, this stairway greeted visitors, leading them to Teed's office.

LJ3 shell paths.jpg
All the paths were "paved" in sea shells. Today, most are crushed and trodden into the ground. This photo was taken behind the old Art Hall, where people don't seem to walk very much.

LJ4 Planetary Court.jpg
The Planetary Court. Seven women--one for each of the seven classical astrological planets--were appointed to run the Koreshan community by committee. They had male counterparts for dealing with the public, who in the 1890's would not have accepted women in a position of authority.

LJ5 Fountain.jpg
This fountain is located behind the general store.

LJ6 Generator.jpg
The community had its own electrical generator.

LJ7 Machine shop.jpg
A machine shop was among the roughly two dozen buildings on the property. Others included a bakery, kitchen, art hall and various cottages for the members.
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Date:January 21st, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
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clearly they didn't consult with me. If they had, they could have saved themselves a lot of money and time, as they would already know that the entire world exists inside of my black taffeta evening bag. The stars, the galaxies, in fact all of the spheres, are merely my own radiant light leaking in through pin holes in the fabric. What you call the sun is merely the tremendously bright bursts of that light which enter the bag whenever I untie the cords to dig something out or drop something in. What you know of me is really just a projection of the true me, which you of course could never comprehend.

well crap, the lady in the white dress is yelling at me to come get my pill again. I will transmit more wisdom later. I promise.
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Date:January 21st, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like you've got yourself an awfully nice taffeta Bag of Holding!
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Date:January 21st, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
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That is very interesting. Thanks for the pictures.
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Date:January 21st, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Glad you enjoyed it! I didn't really learn a lot on this research trip, but there's definitely something to be gained for physically visiting places that one wants to write about.
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Date:January 21st, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Its just nice to see a place like that.