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Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata

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The Ephrata Cloister or Ephrata Community was a religious community, established in 1732 by Johann Conrad Beissel at Ephrata, in what is now Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The grounds of the community are now owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and are administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Marie Kachel Bucher, the last surviving resident of the Ephrata Cloister, died on July 27, 2008, at the age of 98.
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  • We were lucky enough to be in the area the week between Christmas and New Years... the only time of the year "Lantern Tours" are offered! When I called for a reservation, they were fully booked... but...  more »
  • Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of this unique religious community. A small but informative museum gave more insights. Gift shop has a wide variety to choose fro...  more »
  • Even if you are a bit nutters. I suggest going on the tour which gives background and understanding of how the community lived and what they believed in. I asked for a comparison and contrast between ...  more »
  • We enjoyed learning the history of the museum. The gift shop is great !!
  • This is a very fun and interesting historic landmark to visit, I would recommend going if you haven't already.
  • Tour guide's knowledge was encyclopedic!
  • Unusual historical and faith center. We did not wait for the tour. We shopped for great books and gifts here.
  • This is truly an interesting piece of American history. It centers around stories of religious freedom and the Revolutionary War. Those interested in early American/regional history would enjoy it.