Phase one of the long-awaited, collaborative effort to preserve some of the most important Koreshan buildings is nearing completion.
Of the 11 buildings that remain on 18 acres of the original settlement at the corner of U.S. 41 and Corkscrew Road in Estero, three will be completed for the Nov. 18 grand opening. Cutbacks in state grants have pushed completion of the entire project back indefinitely, according to Kate Ohnemus, museum curator.
"We've been working toward completing the restoration through state funds, but since the cutbacks, we will have to wait for the entire site to be complete," Ohnemus said.
The site was established in the late 19th century by Cyrus Teed and his followers, who called themselves Koreshans. Restoration of the Unity's three-story Planetary Court, which housed the seven women who made up the Planetary Chamber -- the governing council of the Koreshans -- cost $750,000 and took seven years to complete.
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