Koreshan Unity was one of several communal societies at the turn of the century. They, as well as the Shakers, Mormons, and Harmonists, all were striving to search for the ideal life. Dr. Cyrus Teed Koresh (Hebrew for Cyrus/shepherd) came with his followers to Estero,Florida in 1894. He was a physician who was searching for a better way of healing. While working in his laboratory one night in 1869 he had an "illumination", or vision, and seventeen years later the Koreshan Unity was formed in Chicago. The tenets of this organization were founded upon the ideals of communal living and property, the belief in Dr.Teed's religious and scientific theories, and celibacy. It was to be Utopia, or the "New Jerusalem". The walls of that new city, a walled fortress if you will, can be seen outside the founder's house.