Koreshan State Park was our latest spot for our Trans Fall collection with model Lissa and photographer Catherine Coons. Why does this location stand apart from others? The fact that centuries ago a unity, or dare I say cult, settled on the land believing it to be their "New Jerusalem" under the leadership of Dr. Cyrus Reed Teed in the year 1894.
We decided to take advantage of this beautiful location and embrace the special story behind it. Although it is rumored that the grounds are haunted and one might pick up on the ever so slight eerie mood, the former unity residence was too good to pass up. Lissa poses before the Planetary Living Quarters, The Founder's Home, and the gorgeous setting by the Estero River canopied by elegant moss trees.
"The colony, known as the Koreshan Unity, believed that the entire universe existed within a giant, hollow sphere. The colony began fading after Teed´s death in 1908, and in 1961 the last four members deeded the land to the state."- Koreshan State Park
"What remains of their once vibrant community are 11 beautifully maintained historic structures that date from 1882-1920 and landscaped grounds including unique ornamental exotic vegetation from throughout the world. Today, visitors can fish, picnic, boat, and hike where Teed´s visionaries once lived and created their own utopia."- Koreshan State Park
**Additional photography from the Koreshan State Park Website and other various Google images