One ghost walk away from leaving Florida.


In the Art Hall, three new settlement members hear some of the teachings from one of the leading women in the settlement.  Costumes and the acting are amazing!

After three months, this was our final Friday at Koreshan State Historic Site.  Today we leave (Saturday) and it is day two of the settlement’s annual Ghost Walk when the stories of the people who lived here come to life. For Ghost Walk, volunteers dress in period costumes and re-enact memorable events from the history of the settlement in the stories of the people who lived here.  In a series of skits, staged around the historic buildings, visitors get to eavesdrop on a conversation.  There is the interaction between some new members of the settlement who are learning about “The Master’s “ teachings.  Then there is an exchange between the founder, Dr. Cyrus Teed, (a.k.a. Koresh or Master), and the original homesteader of the land the settlement sits on. Continue reading

The Docents at Koreshan State Historic Park: an overview.


Here we are in our uniforms as we begin our docent gig at Koreshan State Historic Park in Estero, Florida.

On our pilgrimage to here, we have arrived at our three-month winter home in Estero, Florida.  As I was preparing to write this first blog, it occurred to me that the next three months of our pilgrimage suggest a different approach. The blog becomes less of a travelogue and more reflective, more like chapters in a book, or pages in a journal. It may unfold as if one were floating down the figurative branches and streams that come up as Peter and I learn about the place, and about ourselves, as we volunteer at Koreshan State Historic Site as docents. Continue reading