Post-Irma at the Koreshan State Historic Site

Jan 5, 2018

News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams is a well-known local history buff, so it should come as no surprise that her post-Hurricane Irma damage surveyance would include the loss of what are perhaps some lesser-known touchstones to our region’s history.  For Williams, that includes lamenting the loss of an iconic Monkey Puzzle tree planted some one hundred years ago at the Koreshan Unity settlement site in Estero.

This loss pales in comparison to what could have been destroyed at the Koreshan State Historic Site as well as the recovery struggles that many of our friends and neighbors are still experiencing, but it is a loss nonetheless. Luckily though, this story has a happy ending, as Williams tells us in this week’s essay.